12,000 Days

June 28, 2010

12,000 days ago, Elvis Presley had been dead four days and Groucho Marx for one; Jimmy Carter was into the eighth month of his presidency and serial killer Son of Sam had just been captured. On that day, August 20 1977, Voyager 2 was launched into space. This morning, 12,000 days later, she is almost 13 light-minutes away from earth, still heading out beyond the Solar System, and still sending us valuable data every day.

Voyager 2 was built in 1976-1977 with tools that we would consider archaic today, and yet these days we have trouble keeping a toaster alive for more than six months!


Rose With Rain

June 28, 2010

It is raining lightly this morning, so this seemed appropriate. [as usual, click on image for a better view]