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A Probe Too Far?

Updated on May 5, 2011

Voyager Probes

Voyager 1
Voyager 1
Twin probes to leave the solar system
Twin probes to leave the solar system

After $750 million and 52 years, the Gravity Probe B project has proven two of Einstein’s theories with regard to time and gravity to be correct. However, why must we always assume that these are universal fact?

We must remember that we are in our solar system and no experiments, as of yet, have been conducted by humans outside of our solar system. This is the equivalent of us living in a Goldfish bowl and assuming that whatever is relevant inside the bowl is also relevant outside the bowl.

We have just assumed what there is outside of our system and based all our universal science on that. Any number of things could affect our thinking, making all that we think we know about the universe obsolete.

I think that all celebrations for confirming theories should wait until after 2016. Why 2016?

It is estimated that the twin Voyager probes will, in 2016, finally reach outside our solar system. Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 blasted off from Earth in 1977 and although their primary tasks were to pass by the outer planets, sending back new information about them and their moons, I am sure that some of their instruments may be able to give us some clues as to whether our vision of real “space” is credible.

To me, this event in 2016, should it happen, will be a true major event in our search for knowledge of the universe. My concern is though, that it seems to be being under played or is it that it is too early to get excited?

Scientists should be making sure that the whole world knows about this forthcoming major event, yet only a few seem excited. Is this because most of the scientific world already suspects that its universe will be literally turned upside down?


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      Tony DeLorger 6 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      I'll certainly be looking forward to 2016. Who knows what's out there. regards Tony