Technology at its best…

Technology at its best…

Circa 1977. It was one of those sultry evenings, when sitting in my office at Nehru House, New Delhi, that a copy of “Evening News” was brought in by my colleague. “Voyager-1 blasts off and leaves for its eternal journey” was the headline. I read the news with great interest. Although I was a student of Literature, news about Space Science & Technology always fascinated me and continues to do so even now. I always try to keep myself updated about the advancements taking place in this field and remember the dates etc when the first module went into the space and also the mile stones covered since 1957 onwards.

Suddenly, after more than 34 years, again there was a news about Voyager-1 in Times of India two days ago. It was reported that the Voager-1 is about to leave our Solar System in a couple of days and it will enter a new Galaxy. So far it has already travelled 18 billion miles and its vital systems are still functioning. It continues to receive commands sent to it by NASA and responds to them by transmitting Data about its itinerary. I was so excited and thrilled. 18,000,000,000 miles and still cruising @ of 10 Kms per second. Wow…

It will be the first man made object that will leave our solar system. On board it carries a gold-plated audio-visual disc containing photos of the Earth and its life forms, a range of scientific information, spoken greetings from people and a medley, “Sounds of Earth”, that includes the sounds of whales, a baby crying, waves breaking on a shore, and a collection of Earth music, including works by Mozart and Chuck Berry’s “Johnny B. Goode” for other intelligent life-forms in case they happen to capture it.

Some of the Scientists and Technichians that were associated with this project may not be there when it is captured by other Intelligent Life Forms and they may get back to us. That is a distant dream but then “A single dream is more powerful than a thousand realities.” …

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