NASA announced this week that intrepid little Voyager 1 has now passed beyond our solar system into interstellar space. We even know what it sounds like out there!
But what happened to that battery technology that we launched into space 35 years ago? How is Voyager still sending signals back to Earth every 17 hours from billions of miles away and yet I have to charge my “smart” phone every night or I’m cut off from the rest of the world tomorrow?
September 1977 was a long time ago. Farah Fawcett, Starsky & Hutch and El Caminos were the height of cool. Well, along with Bowie of course. NASA was even cool and not considered a waste of money. Little did we know just how much advanced technology we launched into space though. Unfortunately, some of it, like those battery packs, still hasn’t become part of our everyday norm back here at home on our little blue marble.
But, wow, interstellar space. It must be beautiful out there. Talk about limitless horizons!
But, it’s certainly dangerous too. It’s a tad chilly and, what if our little emissary blips on the radar screen of some scout ship for a militaristic, metalized, giant amoeba-species?
It’s a dangerous paradise, indeed. It’s fun to think about, but for the time being, I think I’ll take Venice Beach instead. ;- )