Voyager 1 Speed 7/3/20087/3/2008 mike d. 14 Comments Quickthoughts Voyager 1, the space probe that we launched in 1977 is currently going about 62,500 km/hr (38,800 mph). Whoa.
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Do we know this? Or is it so far away that we can’t even communicate with it anymore? In that case, it could have been found my aliens gotten sucked into a black hole (not possibly, actually, but pretend) or something.
I like what they did with it in the first Star Trek movie. At least, I think it was the first movie. It’s been a long time since I’ve watched them.
Fun fact – I’ve been clocked at nearly 10,000 mph while pursuing the neighborhood turbocharged ice-cream truck.
Yes, we do know this because we are still in contact with it. Presumably it will reach the heliosphere (the point where our sun’s solar wind is no longer strong enough to push outwards against the blackness) before we expect to have any big issues.
That would be something to see.
VYGER must unite with the creator!
[big numbers]mph doesn’t seem so impressive to me; thanks to Google calculator though, I now know that Voyager is going at 17.36 km/s. Seventeen kilometers PER SECOND. Holy crap.
Also cool is that this is over 10 times faster than a bullet.
Wow, that’s Seattle to Brighton in under 8 minutes.
(I went to some big ultimate tournament this weekend. Insane. 100 teams.)
I didn’t play, but UUIG did. I watched, and I got to go to the big after party thing at Red Hook Brewery. Also, one of the guys on her team modified a gas-powered weedeater into a margarita blender!
Cool. I’ve heard a lot about Potlatch (biggest tournament in the world or something?). Never been, but I probably know a few people who were there.
A fast bullet (e.g. 30.06). A 9mm handgun only shoots 800-900mph.