Humanity on the brink of interstellar travel

Humanity on the brink of interstellar travel

Postby Captain Seafort » Tue Dec 14, 2010 11:12 am

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Re: Humanity on the brink of interstellar travel

Postby Lighthawk » Tue Dec 14, 2010 11:59 am

I'm not sure what's more amazing, that it's taken the thing 33 years just to reach the edge of the solar system (We all know space is big, but just how big is hard to fathom at times) or that it's still working.

First thing we need to do upon developing an FTL is go collect Voy 1. That'd make a hell of a museum piece.
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Re: Humanity on the brink of interstellar travel

Postby SolkaTruesilver » Tue Dec 14, 2010 12:59 pm

Lighthawk wrote:I'm not sure what's more amazing, that it's taken the thing 33 years just to reach the edge of the solar system (We all know space is big, but just how big is hard to fathom at times) or that it's still working.


That old piece of figurative crap with less computing power than my calculator has been working 15 times longer than my last cellphone. :bangwall:
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Re: Humanity on the brink of interstellar travel

Postby shran » Tue Dec 14, 2010 1:04 pm

Lighthawk wrote:I'm not sure what's more amazing, that it's taken the thing 33 years just to reach the edge of the solar system (We all know space is big, but just how big is hard to fathom at times) or that it's still working.

First thing we need to do upon developing an FTL is go collect Voy 1. That'd make a hell of a museum piece.


No, the Klingons will need it for target practice.
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Re: Humanity on the brink of interstellar travel

Postby Mikey » Tue Dec 14, 2010 2:09 pm

SolkaTruesilver wrote:
Lighthawk wrote:I'm not sure what's more amazing, that it's taken the thing 33 years just to reach the edge of the solar system (We all know space is big, but just how big is hard to fathom at times) or that it's still working.


That old piece of figurative crap with less computing power than my calculator has been working 15 times longer than my last cellphone. :bangwall:


That's because your provider can't count on squeezing more money out of you by building obsolescence into a space probe - but they can with your phone.
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Re: Humanity on the brink of interstellar travel

Postby SolkaTruesilver » Tue Dec 14, 2010 3:42 pm

Mikey wrote:
SolkaTruesilver wrote:
Lighthawk wrote:I'm not sure what's more amazing, that it's taken the thing 33 years just to reach the edge of the solar system (We all know space is big, but just how big is hard to fathom at times) or that it's still working.


That old piece of figurative crap with less computing power than my calculator has been working 15 times longer than my last cellphone. :bangwall:


That's because your provider can't count on squeezing more money out of you by building obsolescence into a space probe - but they can with your phone.


You argument makes economical sense. But the irony is still biting hard.

Anyway, Shran, I am sorry to pop your lightbulb, but by the time of The final Frontier, Voyager 1 would have done about 2/3 of a lightyear of travel, which is not even a quarter of the way to the NEAREST Star System.

If you want the K to blast it, we're gonna have to haul it ourselves near their territory.
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Re: Humanity on the brink of interstellar travel

Postby shran » Tue Dec 14, 2010 6:12 pm

Then what did the klingons shoot to pieces in the Final Frontier?
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Re: Humanity on the brink of interstellar travel

Postby Captain Seafort » Tue Dec 14, 2010 6:51 pm

shran wrote:Then what did the klingons shoot to pieces in the Final Frontier?


Pioneer 10.
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Re: Humanity on the brink of interstellar travel

Postby SolkaTruesilver » Tue Dec 14, 2010 6:52 pm

Captain Seafort wrote:
shran wrote:Then what did the klingons shoot to pieces in the Final Frontier?


Pioneer 10.


Wouldn't it be about the same distance, taken from SFDebris's review opinion?
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Re: Humanity on the brink of interstellar travel

Postby Captain Seafort » Tue Dec 14, 2010 6:54 pm

It would, but this is the same film that thinks the centre of the galaxy is a strange glowing cloud instead of a black hole, and a series that has the galaxy jam-packed with wierd stuff. Realism isn't exactly the number-one priority.
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Re: Humanity on the brink of interstellar travel

Postby RK_Striker_JK_5 » Tue Dec 14, 2010 10:06 pm

Hmm, a Voyager that's actually cool? Who would've thunk it? ;)
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Re: Humanity on the brink of interstellar travel

Postby Teaos » Wed Dec 15, 2010 12:16 pm

Aparently it was cross and be crossed by it several times as interstellar pressure shifts the heliosphere backwards and forwards to, It may be crossing it for a couple of years.
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