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Another Giant Leap for Mankind!

28 Aug 2015, 02:37 UTC
Another Giant Leap for Mankind!
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New Horizons finishes the job of tagging all the bases

When Voyager 1 was launched into deep space in 1977, many human eyes and aspirations were set on exploring places well beyond the farthest reaches of our own Solar System. In many ways, they still are – with the Kepler mission having discovered more than a thousand other solar systems in just one small patch of the sky, and the Hubble Space Telescope continuing to observe galaxies so remote (and so far back in time) that we are seeing them in their infancy. Directly exploring the larger Universe may be what we often wish for, but consider that after more than 38 years, Voyager 1 is just 12.8 billion miles from our Sun. This may seem like a long way, but it is only a little less than 1/2,000th of the distance to Proxima Centauri the closest star to the Sun and yet a whopping twenty five trillion miles away. The Universe is a very big place. So until we develop other means of sophisticated interstellar space travel such as multi-dimensional shortcuts, we must be content with staying close to our own backyard – the Solar System. ...

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