For a few years now NASA’s Voyager 1 spacecraft
has been flirting with the edge of our Solar System. After nearly 36 years and over 18 billion kilometres
of travel, the space probe is now way past Neptune (4.7 billion km from Earth[1. At its farthest. It's only 4.3 at its closest!]) and even Pluto (7.4 … Continue Reading ››
Stepping into Giles Alexander’s world feels like stepping into a Sigur Rós song, ethereal and sublime.
Assuming humanity gets over the existential hump all civilisations must traverse - where we're just smart enough to invent nuclear weapons and fossil fuelled power stations, but not smart enough to not to use them - then I fully expect us to one day colonise the stars. Or at least the planets orbiting those stars. … Continue Reading ››
There are two ways to look at Voyager 1's latest milestone
and both remind us that distance on a cosmological scale is almost gloriously difficult to comprehend.
The first is to celebrate the first terrestrial artefact from this small blue planet to depart our immediate neighbourhood and pass into the void of interstellar space. Voyager … Continue Reading ››