Breaking News Bar
updated: 9/13/2013 12:02 AM

Poll Vault: Are we alone in the universe?

hello
Success - Article sent! close
  • The Voyager 1 spacecraft has been barreling through space for more than three decades.

      The Voyager 1 spacecraft has been barreling through space for more than three decades.
    NASA artist rendering

 
 

Are we alone?

That's the essential question now that NASA's Voyager 1 has reached interstellar space.

Order Reprint Print Article
 
Interested in reusing this article?
Custom reprints are a powerful and strategic way to share your article with customers, employees and prospects.
The YGS Group provides digital and printed reprint services for Daily Herald. Complete the form to the right and a reprint consultant will contact you to discuss how you can reuse this article.
Need more information about reprints? Visit our Reprints Section for more details.

Contact information ( * required )

Success - request sent close

Launched in 1977, the spacecraft is equipped with television cameras, infrared and ultraviolet sensors, magnetometers, plasma detectors, and cosmic-ray and charged-particle sensors, according to a NASA fact sheet. It transmits data via radio waves.

If Voyager does encounter other intelligent life, our new friends can learn more about us via the "Golden Record" that's onboard.

The phonographic disk, according to NASA, contains 115 images, a variety of natural sounds, musical selections from different cultures and eras, and spoken greetings from Earthlings in 55 languages.

Do you think there's anyone out there to hear our record? In the vastness of space, are there other humanoid species? If so, will we meet them in your lifetime?

Share this page
Comments ()
Guidelines: Keep it civil and on topic; no profanity, vulgarity, slurs or personal attacks. People who harass others or joke about tragedies will be blocked. If a comment violates these standards or our terms of service, click the X in the upper right corner of the comment box. To find our more, read our FAQ.
    help here