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Old 05-05-2008   #76
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Re: Gold Machine's Green Beacon

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And, if you didn't know, the NH isn't stopping at Pluto. NH will do a fly-by at about 27,000 mph and continue on to the Kuyper belt, then outward to the interstellar abyss. The Pioneer and Voyager missions are technically "over" but their RTG units are still producing power and the probes are still functioning- more or less- even after 30+ years. The NH will be doing a similar long-term job until 2030 or later.
I was just doing some research into the interstellar abyss you were speaking of. I figured out where Voyager 1 was and by that realized it'll take approximately 500 years for it to reach the Oort Cloud.

I really had no idea the Oort Cloud was so far away. A thousand times more distant than the Kuiper Belt. It'd take a damn year to get there just at light speed.

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Mars has no less than 3 orbiting devices currently surveying the surface as well as the 2 rovers still working on the surface AND there's the Phoenix polar lander due to land later this month. Mars is the Grand Central Station of the solar system right now
I like the fact we're doing so much work on Mars but I'd be much more happy if we were also focusing on the Moon. I think it should be the current focal point of the solar system right now as it's so much closer. Any work we do on it can be done more quickly because the materials from Earth are readily available. Any problems can be quickly solved because of its close proximity. I'm worried that if something terrible were to go wrong on Mars (with, say, a manned mission) that it would cause people to lose hope in the space program.
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