That would make sense. There’s some question as to why people live that long at all (since even “less food” is still more than “no food”) and the prevailing theory seems to be that the knowledge and experience they can provide gives their progeny a competitive advantage. But you don’t need to eat much for that :)
It’s purportedly designed to produce as much radioactive fallout as it can (I mean, salted with cobalt, c’mon) as an area denial weapon. If that’s not a dirty bomb I don’t know what is. Sure, it can be a neutron bomb too, as with salting they can be very effective at producing radioactive fallout.
As far as I know you’re right, but we’re talking (well, at least I was) about the currently fastest object. Helios reached that speed at the nearest approach to the sun, but wouldn’t sustain it throughout it’s orbit. Given that it’s still in its highly eccentric orbit though, it should periodically take the “currently… Read more
Nope. Your logic is all over the map.
Well the probe was to study the outer planets, nothing to do with contacting aliens. The golden record is honestly pretty silly, but I’d say it was for ourselves; to satisfy our sentimentality and symbolism.
Well if that’s what they’re looking for, they certainly wouldn’t need Voyager to point their way to us; it would be far far easier to spot Earth itself using telescope over interplanetary distances than to spot Voyager hurtling through deep space.
So smoking or auto accidents only effect one or few lives? Um...
Helios probes were traveling way faster. Not sure how fast they’re going now, but it’s not going to be anywhere near what they hit at aphelion. Looks like they’re still in the same orbit though, so they will hit similar speeds periodically, and looks like perihelion is still inside Mercury so orbital period can’t be… Read more
Uh, last I checked Voyager is nowhere near any alien civilizations. Unless... conspiracy!!!
No doubt slowing down since it’s climbing the sun’s gravity well, but by how much is a good question.