In the realms of fiction, there are all kinds of characters that appeal to us for different reasons: we might like their ethos, or be attracted to them, or desire their powers, or wish they could be our best friends. But do you remember the first character that really earned your respect?Read More
Star Trek: Voyager Has the Most Rewatched Episodes on Netflix, so We Must Be Living in the Mirror Universe
Up is down, down is up, and the Star Trek episode people are rewatching the most—actually replaying because they love it so much?—is the season finale of Voyager, which is ... not the greatest. At ease, ensign, I don't understand it either.Read More
Number of human-made object outside of our solar system: 1. Just one.
We think NASA is getting ready to announce that the Voyager I spacecraft has finally left the solar system, making it the first human craft to do so. An announcement is coming at 2:00PM EDT and you can watch it right here. UPDATE: Yes! Voyager I has left the solar system!Read More
We got ourselves all excited for NASA's Mars press conference today, even though we already knew it wasn't about life on the red planet, but what we should have been paying attention to was happening nearly 11.5 billion miles away in the heliosphere. The Voyager 1 spacecraft has encountered a new region of our solar system. What's even more exciting is that NASA scientists believe this region is the final barrier between Voyager and interstellar space. That's so much more impressive than chlorine on Mars.Read More
Voyager 1, an unmanned probe that NASA launched into space in 1977 to study the outer planets in our solar system, is still doing remarkable things 30 years after it photographed Jupiter and Saturn. According to a Voyager Project scientist, new data from the probe indicate that it is nearing the boundaries of interstellar space, the space between stars where matter becomes even more sparse. 10.8 billion miles from the Sun, Voyager 1 encountered a crucial shift in the solar wind, the charged particles emitted by the Sun: The wind's outward velocity had slowed to zero and the wind was only detectable from the side, indicating that the spacecraft had crossed a key threshold within the heliosphere, the 'bubble' blown by the solar wind which marks the boundaries where the strength of our sun's solar wind exceeds that of other stars.Read More