archive: SETI Re: Sagan: BBC Web site for The Planets

SETI Re: Sagan: BBC Web site for The Planets

Larry Klaes ( lklaes@bbn.com )
Fri, 14 May 1999 11:21:49 -0400

They are referring to the heliopause:

"...the outer limits of the Sun's magnetic field and outward
flow of the solar wind. Penetration of the heliopause boundary
between the solar wind and the interstellar medium will allow
measurements to be made of the interstellar fields, particles,
and waves unaffected by the solar wind."

See these Web URLs for details:

http://vraptor.jpl.nasa.gov/voyager/vimdesc.html

http://web.mit.edu/afs/athena/org/s/space/www/voyager.html

Larry

At 07:16 PM 05/13/1999 CST6CDT,4,1, Paul Mundy wrote:

>Larry Klaes wrote:
>
>> The BBC has created a beautiful Web site for their
>> new series, The Planets:
>>
>> http://www.bbc.co.uk/planets/solarguide.shtml
>>
>
>Tonight's episode concentrated on the Voyager spacecraft, from the
>realisation in the mid 60's that the outer planets would be in a
>suitable alignment for a misiion, to the spacecrafts' positions today on
>the edge of the Solar System.
>
>There was a brief mention of the interstellar plaque, and an even
>briefer film clip of Carl from 1980 in JPL's mission control talking
>with other scientists about the encounter with Jupiter.
>
>The spacecraft are contacted once every day at present. The programme
>stated that JPL scientists are waiting for data from the craft that
>tells them Voyager has moved into interstellar space - but gave no
>indication of what this data would be, nor what criteria determines the
>threshold between the Solar System and interstellar space. Does anyone
>know?
>
>Next week's edition will concentrate on Luna, and will include a picture
>taken by a Russian Lunakhod lander in 1970 of one of the Apollo landers
>on the moon's surface.
>
>Cheers
>Paul Mundy
>
>
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