Since the dawn of civilization, astronomy has provided stepping
stones for mankind to achieve great success, successes such as our
calendar, system of time keeping, satellite-communications systems,
much of today's mathematics and the basis of all modern science and
engineering, as well as navigational techniques that allowed sailors
and aviators to explore our planet and today allows spacecraft to
explore our solar system. While there is much that astronomy has yet to
contribute to human knowledge and understanding, it made a monumental
contribution to technological progress. Scientists from the National
Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) stress that astronomy is our tool
for unlocking future knowledge.
For the past 26 years, NASA
scientists have been communicating with Voyagers 1 and 2 and are aware
that the location of these traveling spacecraft is farther than they
could have ever hoped for. Cruising past our planets, heading for their
projected destination.the planets of the outer solar system. Voyagers 1
and 2 have reached their goal and are now headed out of our solar
system. Dr. Tom Krimigis of the Applied Physics Laboratory at John
Hopkins University says, "We're getting out of the protective cocoon of
the sun and this clearly marks a milestone in humanity's knowledge of
our environment. There has to be a 'sense of wonder' in that this is
the first manmade object that is touching interstellar space.
all of the information and knowledge gained from spacecraft such as
Voyagers 1 and 2, there is a tremendous sense of wonder! There are
still so many intriguing, unanswered questions about outer space that
this sense of wonder has swept the nation. Of all the reasons for
exploring outer space, such as locating new planets and studying black
holes, many want to know: Is there life beyond our planet? Are we alone
in this universe? Could we one day live on the moon? Telescopes here on
Earth, such as the Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope, help
astronomers gather information to perhaps one day answer such
out-of-this-world questions. Come along on a journey with us to the end
of our solar system and beyond as we experience the power of the Robert
C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope.
Green Bank leading us to life in space
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