Voyager leaves interstellar space; YouTube goes gaga
Celebrating a space ship that is very very very very far from us.
In case you hadn't heard yet, NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft has "traveled beyond our solar bubble and has entered interstellar space," which means its so far away that it can't pick up Game of Thrones anymore.
This accomplishment is a big deal for NASA, but even a bigger deal for all of NASA's different YouTube channels, which has exploded with a ton of new videos announcing, discussing and dissecting the event. Here's a roundup of the new videos:
The Jet Propulsion Laboratory has this report, giving some background and updates:
From the "VideoFromSpace" channel, we get this report about Voyager's achievement:
The NASAtelevision channel has this offering, a 57-minute video and discussion of all sorts of NASA officials and experts
Lastly, we have this video, in which a bunch of Internet space celebrities, including Neil deGrasse Tyson, Wil Wheaton and LeVar Burton all send messages to Voyager. Really.
OK, that last one is just dumb. But this being the social world we live in now, NASA is inviting people to "Share Your #MessageToVoyager" by posting a video or tweet to @NASAVoyager.
Maybe we can send a message to any aliens that may monitor all of this stuff. Here's mine: "Dear Aliens: Don't bother coming to our planet. We do things like send messages to space ships and write goofy blog posts."
Then again, that would be an invitation to the aliens to invade the planet. Maybe our message to Voyager should be more like "Stay away, aliens, or we will find a way to crush you like a bug!"
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