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  • Voyager 2 Spacecraft Will Reach Major Milestone in Space in Late 2007 or Early 2008

    Bit by bit - we are working our way slowly out of the cradle.

    Computer Simulation by UCR Physicist Predicts Voyager 2 Spacecraft Will Reach Major Milestone in Space in Late 2007 or Early 2008
    According to model, spacecraft will cross “termination shock” one more time, in mid-2008
    (November 27, 2007)

    RIVERSIDE, Calif. – Using a computer model simulation, Haruichi Washimi, a physicist at UC Riverside, has predicted when the interplanetary spacecraft Voyager 2 will cross the “termination shock,” the spherical shell around the solar system that marks where the solar wind slows down to subsonic speed.

    According to Washimi’s simulations, the spacecraft is set to cross the termination shock in late 2007-early 2008. To make this forecast, Washimi and his colleagues used data from Voyager 2 and performed a global “magneto-hydrodynamic simulation” – a method that allows for precise and quantitative predictions of geomagnetic disturbances caused by solar activities.

    Because Voyager 2’s crossing of the shock is expected to be an abrupt and relatively brief event, scientists are working to ensure that the most is made of the opportunity. With an idea of when the spacecraft will cross the shock, they are better able to maximize coverage of the crossing.

    Study results appear in the Dec. 1 issue of The Astrophysical Journal.

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    Cool stuff...



    The Voyager Interstellar Mission makes pretty good use of a couple of space probes whose original missions ended almost 20 years ago!
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      "Voyager 2 Spacecraft Will Reach Major Milestone in Space in Late 2007 or Early 2008"

      But UPS will still be unable to reliable get your parcel delivered if you wait too long It's Dec 2 people
      Life is change. Built models for decades.
      Not sure anyone here actually knows the real me.
      I didn't for a long time either.

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