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Offline thundley4

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An Alien View Of Earth
« on: February 12, 2010, 06:37:38 AM »
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This week marks the 20th anniversary of a photograph. It's a very dramatic photo, even though, at first glance, it's mostly dark and seems to show nothing at all.

But if you look closely, you can see a tiny speck of light. That speck is the Earth, seen from very, very, very far away.

Two decades ago, Candice Hansen-Koharcheck became the first person to ever see that speck, sitting in front of a computer at NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab in California. "I was all alone, actually, that afternoon, in my office," she recalls.

Her office was dark. The window shades were drawn. She was searching through a database of images sent home by the Voyager 1 spacecraft, which at the time was nearly 4 billion miles away. "I knew the data was coming back," she says, "and I wanted to see how it had turned out."

Finally, she found it.
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A pretty insignificant speck in the vastness of space.

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Re: An Alien View Of Earth
« Reply #1 on: February 12, 2010, 07:26:58 AM »
Kinda humbling, if you ask me.
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Re: An Alien View Of Earth
« Reply #2 on: February 12, 2010, 08:16:07 AM »
It looks like carbon warming and pollution are spreading out from Earth and contaminating the universe.
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Re: An Alien View Of Earth
« Reply #3 on: February 12, 2010, 08:22:08 AM »
Now that is cool!

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Re: An Alien View Of Earth
« Reply #4 on: February 21, 2010, 02:39:34 PM »
It looks like carbon warming and pollution are spreading out from Earth and contaminating the universe.

Yep the co2 levels are rising even that far out.  :lmao:
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Re: An Alien View Of Earth
« Reply #5 on: February 21, 2010, 07:53:54 PM »
Voyager is nearly 4 billion miles away?

wow

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Re: An Alien View Of Earth
« Reply #6 on: March 02, 2010, 08:47:07 PM »
Voyager is nearly 4 billion miles away?

wow

...and was still working just fine at the time.

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Re: An Alien View Of Earth
« Reply #7 on: March 02, 2010, 09:00:49 PM »
...and was still working just fine at the time.

I wonder what the computing power on board is compared to what we are surfing the web with.

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Re: An Alien View Of Earth
« Reply #8 on: March 02, 2010, 10:24:20 PM »
I wonder what the computing power on board is compared to what we are surfing the web with.

The computer power on board that thing?? Probably something like an 086 lol. I hear its transmissions have the power of a 30 watt bulb

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Re: An Alien View Of Earth
« Reply #9 on: May 16, 2010, 02:33:15 PM »
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A pretty insignificant speck in the vastness of space.



Or maybe not so insignificant...



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Re: An Alien View Of Earth
« Reply #10 on: May 16, 2010, 02:36:03 PM »
...and was still working just fine at the time.

Reports are the malfunctioning Voyager 2 is sending back an audio file. weird.

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Re: An Alien View Of Earth
« Reply #11 on: May 16, 2010, 02:48:52 PM »
Reports are the malfunctioning Voyager 2 is sending back an audio file. weird.

Uh-oh.  The aliens have it.