September 13, 2013

Voyager goes star treking

Voyager, the little explorer that could, has left our solar system.
"This is the first time that humanity has been able to step outside of the cradle of the solar system to explore the larger galaxy," said Marc Swisdak, an astrophysicist at the University of Maryland.

The unmanned probe was launched in 1977 to study Jupiter and Saturn but has continued for 19 billion kilometres and is now exploring the galaxy.

It is carrying a golden disc with spoken greetings, earth sounds and a collection of music in case it is found by intelligent life forms.
NASA - Voyager:  The Interstellar Mission

Voyager has gone where no probe has gone before


  1. Anonymous9:43 AM

    Voyager may well be Earth's Universal legacy, drifting around quite happily on its own long after an aged Sun gobbles us all up.

    A probe, a golden disc with spoken greetings, how quaint.


  2. For some reason, I thought of this.. :D

  3. The stuff in the universe that causes it to expand is called "dark matter". It determines the rate of expansion. The laws of physics require that "dark matter" must have a expansion co efficient of exactly 0. 00000000000000000000000000000000000026 recurring. Or something.

    WE are the only known form of intelligent life in the universe. We are more intelligent than what is necessary for Darwinian evolution. The theory of evolution does not require life to understand that the universe exists or to speculate on the nature of the laws of physics to survive.

    The rate of expansion of the universe is exactly correct to allow the formation of intelligent life. Any more, or any less, and then intelligent life can not come into existence. The laws of physics are exactly tuned according to the expansion co efficient of dark matter.

    The chances that the expansion co efficient is what it is to allow intelligent life to form can be mathematically determined. The probability that it happened by chance are one in one million million million to the 26th power. Or something. Therefore the chances that the laws of physics enabled the formation of intelligent life to exist by chance are one in one million million million to the 26th power. THat is a billion billion billion times more unlikely than the DNA of two unrelated human matching. An impossibly unlikely figure.

    Therefore the chances that the universe was NOT designed specifically to allow for the formation of intelligent life are a billion billion billion etc against. To put that another way -- the chances that we are here by accident are so unlikely as to be impossible.

    Therefore there are only two possible conclusions.

    1 The universe was specifically designed to allow for the formation of intelligent life

    2 There are an infinite number of universes, and ours, and an infinite number of other universes, exist to allow for the formation of intelligent life by chance.

    And that my friends is my Yom Kippur meditation for the year.

  4. Anonymous7:32 PM

    g = -(4*pi/3)*G*(rho(t)+3P(t)/c2)*D(t)

    Ho = 70 +/- 2.2 km/sec/Mpc

    That might help Geoffff - but not much.


    1. Proves the point precisely Justin.

      Plus or minus one and the whole basket of eggs crashes to the ground in one filthy big omelette.

      You know I'm right.

  5. So what you're saying, Geoffff, is that it's one big conspiracy.

    1. Exactly. I'm certain of it. It is just a question of whose conspiracy.

      I'm hoping it's a Zionist conspiracy.

  6. And did anyone notice that human 'brain waves' were recorded and are traveling within Voyager?