Where no one has gone before...

Philip Chien (kc4yer@amsat.org)
Sat, 14 Feb 1998 05:19:02 -0400

Ed Cannon <ecannon@mail.utexas.edu> said:

>I hope I will be pardoned for this brief off-topic but significant
>excerpt from http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/releases/98/vgr217.html --
>  ...
>> At approximately 2:10 p.m. Pacific time [22:10 UTC] on February
>> 17, 1998, Voyager 1, launched more than two decades ago, will
>> cruise beyond the Pioneer 10 spacecraft and become the most
>> distant human-created object in space at 10.4 billion
>> kilometers (6.5 billion miles.)
>  ...
>Go, "V_ger"!!

Why Ed how could you consider this posting to be off-topic??????

Voyager _certainly_ qualifies as a visual satellite.

Well, provided that you have either really really big eyes, or eyes which
are sensitive at X-Band frequencies ...

My only regret is that Voyager has gotten all of the publicity and credit,
and few people even remember the Pioneers which preceeded them.

One person had commented to the Pioneer manager that Voyager's cameras had
produced much higher quality photos of Jupiter and Saturn than the Pioneer
spacecraft.  The manager shot back - "It ought to, their cameras cost more
than my entire spacecraft!"

Philip Chien, KC4YER
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