On April 28, 2011, NASA will host an event about the 33-year journey of NASA’s twin Voyager spacecraft to the edge of our solar system, where they are more than 10 billion miles away from our sun. The Voyagers are currently exploring an uncharted region located far beyond the planets we now know…. a region that forms the outer boundary of the solar bubble. In a few years, humanity’s farthest explorer will transition into the medium between stars, known as interstellar space.
The event will discuss how a unique idea became scientific legend, the exotic region of space Voyagers are exploring right now and where they’re going, what it will mean to leave our sun’s sphere of influence behind, the vision that led to sending a message from Earth to possible life elsewhere in the galaxy, and Voyagers’ enduring impact on our imaginations, education and future exploration.
NASA is inviting classrooms to submit their single best question about the Voyager mission and interstellar space to the panel. Teachers who want more information should visit: http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/education/index.cfm?page=263 .
The event will be broadcast live on NASA TV, and also live and with public chat: Thursday, April 28, 10 a.m. PDT (1 p.m. PDT) at http://www.ustream.tv/nasajpl2 .
Speakers: Ed Stone, Voyager project scientist and professor of physics, California Institute of Technology; Ann Druyan, creative director, Voyager Interstellar Message Project, Carl Sagan’s co-writer and widow; Suzanne Dodd, Voyager project manager, Jet Propulsion Laboratory; and Merav Opher, Voyager guest investigator and assistant professor of Astronomy, Boston University.