NASA: Pioneer 10 spacecraft has sent its last signal to Earth

Not much news anymore from outta space as the Pioneer 10 seems to have lost connection with earth after 30 years of work and now the craft is lonely travelling to space, where it should reach some star in about 2.000.000 years from now:

NASA engineers report Pioneer 10’s radioisotope power source has decayed, and it may not have enough power to send additional transmissions to Earth. NASA’s Deep Space Network (DSN) did not detect a signal during the last contact attempt Feb. 7, 2003. The previous three contacts, including the Jan. 22 signal, were very faint with no telemetry received. The last time a Pioneer 10 contact returned telemetry data was April 27, 2002. NASA has no additional contact attempts planned for Pioneer 10.

“Pioneer 10 was a pioneer in the true sense of the word. After it passed Mars on its long journey into deep space, it was venturing into places where nothing built by humanity had ever gone before,” said Dr. Colleen Hartman, director of NASA’s Solar System Exploration Division, NASA Headquarters, Washington. “It ranks among the most historic as well as the most scientifically rich exploration missions ever undertaken,” she said.

“Originally designed for a 21-month mission, Pioneer 10 lasted more than 30 years. It was a workhorse that far exceeded its warranty, and I guess you could say we got our money’s worth,” said Pioneer 10 Project Manager, Dr. Larry Lasher.

Gives me a strange feeling tough, me sitting here in a chair, that’s in my room, that’s in our my house, that’s in my street, that’s in my town, that’s in my country, that’s in my contintent, that’s on earth, that it’s in the galaxy…

And this craft is all alone out there :frowning: :stuck_out_tongue: Maybe he’ll find some friendly aliens to play with…

V’Ger !

Originally posted by Mr. Belvedere
V’Ger !

lol! :bigsmile: :bigsmile:

Originally posted by Mr. Belvedere
V’Ger !

Ayay mr Spock :slight_smile:

wait a minute, Voyager, this was launched over 300 years ago!! My god. It amassed so much knowledge it gained consciencenous (did i spell that right?)