Thursday, September 12, 2013

Voyager I reached interstellar space!!

The historical moment has arrived.

“NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft officially is the first human-made object to venture into interstellar space.” (NASA, News release 2013-277).

We waited for a long time. Millions of years, if we want to be as precise as possible. Since the dawn of life on this planet only one thing was taken as granted. The Sun.
Our beautiful star shined before the dinosaurs even existed. It shined before the first humans looked at the skies. Consider this. Everything we did, everything we saw and every moment we lived was done under the Sun. Even when we did things in the darkness of the night.

For the first time something we created is not affected directly by the Sun. It’s out there!!!
The ultimate border has been breached by the same spacecraft that shot the famous “Family Picture” in which our Earth appears as a Pale Blue Dot, putting everything in perspective as explained by Carl Sagan. Voyager I, as its twin Voyager II, is bringing humanity into deep space; their Golden Record contains a summary of our species, our voices and pictures of us. Voyager is far away from home, a good seventeen light hours. It will communicate for a few years more, telling us how’s living  outside of our System.
Keep moving forward, don’t stop. Ever.
No doubt, this is humanity’s biggest accomplishment and I celebrate it.

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