It has all happened so quickly that it slipped up on me.
With all that has happened over the last few years the time has gotten away and well, you know, the world does seem to continue on even though we try to slow things down.
I never would have thought 37 years ago that this day would actually happen.
The Voyager 1 spacecraft officially is the first human-made object to venture into interstellar space.
The 36-year-old probe is about 12 billion miles from our sun and and was launched well before laptops, i-Pads and cell phones.
Who would have thought it!
Voyager 1 and its twin, Voyager 2, were launched 16 days apart in 1977. I remember thinking way back then that I would probably not be around when this thing actually entered interstellar space.
Voyager mission controllers still talk to or receive data from Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 every day, which is more than I can say about my cell phone service at times.
That is done with the amount of energy needed to operate a refrigerator light bulb and is received back here at a fraction of a billionth-billionth of a watt.
It takes about 17 hours at the speed of light to send and receive a signal, or about as long as you wait for a response from the person that is operating the call center for a computer problem.
Unlike those who have had a colonoscopy NASA has stated that “Voyager has boldly gone where no probe has gone before,” marking one of the most significant technological achievements in the annals of the history of science.
The Jet Propulsion Laboratory built both Voyagers and ironically Voyager 2 was launched first, but took a different route passing by Uranus and Neptune and has not yet made it to interstellar space.
I know what you are thinking, and I refuse to go there.
Just in case Voyager stays together and bumps into another craft while out there, several things were placed inside including a gold-plated record with photos, music and dialect imbedded in it.
Carl Sagan said "the spacecraft will be encountered and the record played only if there are advanced space traveling civilizations in interstellar space.”
That is a very true statement, if you think about it.
There are directions as to how to play the disk on the top side; however, it will be frustrating if they don’t happen to have a DOS
platform to read it.
I understand on the flip side of the record are several classic 1970’s songs like Cher’s "Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves," and movies like, “Invasion of the Blood Farmers,” two of my favorites.
As for me, I’m glad to have been around to see us make it to interstellar space and hopefully I can be here when one of the Voyagers meets a spaceship out there and Gene Rodenberry’s visions can come true.