I just think that THIS is incredible…Voyager 1 is leaving the Solar System…
To think that this hunk of metal was launched during my lifetime, is now leaving our immediate neighborhood… is, well, 1) an amazing testament to the ingenuity of the human mind, 2) inspirational on a level that makes me think that anything is possible, 3) awe-inspiring as to the vastness of space and the enormity of the distances involved, and 4) JUST PLAIN FREAKIN’ COOL!
You all know about the Golden Record too I’m sure:
“Both Voyager spacecrafts carry a greeting to any form of life, should that be encountered. The message is carried by a phonograph record – -a 12-inch gold-plated copper disk containing sounds and images selected to portray the diversity of life and culture on Earth. The contents of the record were selected for NASA by a committee chaired by Carl Sagan of Cornell University. Dr. Sagan and his associates assembled 115 images and a variety of natural sounds. To this they added musical selections from different cultures and eras, and spoken greetings from Earth-people in fifty-five languages.”
Thank you Dr Sagan. And THIS is a very cool link that explains the image NASA etched on the Golden Record itself.