Nasa confirms Voyager 1 has left the solar system.

unmanned scientific probes Voyager

unmanned scientific probes Voyager (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I imagine it’s like being back 500 years ago when explorers were pushing back the boundaries, finding new worlds, expelling myths of dragons and bringing back wondrous artefacts. Where will we be in space 500 years from now?



Stately galleons ghosting west
through ripe vermilion dusk
towards the setting sun;
ducking, dipping, bucking stallions
on the whinnying waves.
Sailors brave the savage ocean’s lash,
fearless of sea-beast dragons,
impassioned in discovering
new lands, new worlds, new lives.

White-wash wagons roll, coasting west
ploughing through the billowing dust
towards the setting sun.
Thrusting, snorting oxen drag on
harnessed tongues over sun-parched plains.
Pioneers brave the badlands’ whipping lash,
shrouded in their wagons’ robes,
dashed hope often breaking souls
whilst strength of will stakes out new lives.

The probe has breached the solar crest,
through the lifeless, soundless void
severed from the arresting sun.
We deployed this pitted, sprawl-limbed globe,
our ambassador in space.
No astronauts to brave the cosmic lash
but plasma wave reveals the primal scream,
harsh warning for the human quest
of sanctuary for new lives.

Galleons, wagons, probe,
we’ll always go, we’ll always pioneer,
we’ll always want to know what isn’t here.

12th September 2013 – headline from the Independent

Notes:  “Boldly going where no probe has gone before’: Nasa confirms Voyager 1 has left the solar system.”  After a 36 year journey, the probe will allow humans to understand what exists in interstellar space for the first time.  It launched in the year Elvis died, just as the personal computer was making its public debut. And tonight, after months of feverish expectation, Nasa confirmed its Voyager 1 probe had entered the deep and unknown space between the stars and exited the solar system.  The probe officially becoming the first man-made object to leave the solar system was the culmination of a 36-year dream for Nasa who said it was a scientific and historic “milestone” that would allow humans to understand what exists in interstellar space for the first time.


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