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Out of the Blue

Happy birthday to Redwood, the O.G. Quake webmaster. It's hard to believe it's been over 20 years since we met, since he was probably about 20 at the time. Red and his work were an inspiration for me, and he was an early supporter of this site, so you probably wouldn't be reading these words were it not for him. I'm raising a glass to you today, Redwood, even if I have to hire a cherry picker to get reach it up to you.

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23. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 2, 2017, 19:06 MajorD
 
Mr. Tact wrote on Dec 2, 2017, 18:45:
Did you all see the recent 60 Minutes segment on Voyager? Some great stats were given.

Your smart phone has 240,000 times more memory and 100,000 times more processing power than Voyager.

The transmitter uses less power than a refrigerator light bulb.

The planet alignment which allowed the chain of planet gravity assists, greatly reducing the travel time, happens once every 176 years.

It is without a stunning achievement.

Yes, it was a great segment. The mathematician, can't remember his name ATM, that calculated the sling-shotting of both Voyagers around the other planets is just amazing.

What blows me away, is that it has been traveling at almost 40,000 MPH for just over 40 years now, and Voyager 1 is just barely outside our solar system, and Voyager 2 is in the heliosphere. Now, our solar system is just a dot in Orion's arm of the Milky way galaxy, which is70,000 (70,000 years for light to travel from earth to the center of the Milky Way galaxy. And then you think about there being billions of other galaxies in the ever growing universe. It just makes my brain twitch thinking how small and insignificant we really are.....

This comment was edited on Dec 2, 2017, 19:50.
 
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