- This PowerPoint explains the Voyager Mission in terms of the development and the objectives, the triumphs, and the ongoing importance of a mission begun 40 years ago. A snapshot of The Golden Record. a is also included in this presentation, a type of 'message in a bottle' for intelligent beings found else wehre in interstellar space. The introduction sets the stage for the other activities in the "From Earth to Interstellar Space' Workshop.
- The Voyager spacecrafts have travelled astronomical distance, a concept often hard to imagine. With this 2-D model, students can begin to grasp the incredible accomplishments of a spacecraft launched with 1977 technology and which has now sailed into interstellar space.
Information on the heliopause and termination points fo the heliosphere add to the interest of this model.
This exercise gives
gives students and teachers a mathematical model of how the Deep Space Network antennas work and how the antennas concentrate electromagnetic radio waves in a single direction. The lab involves testing different sized sound receivers to understand the importance of the size of the receivers on the antennae of the Deep Space Network.
- The Golden Record was a compilation of approximate 120 images, 50 greetings in spoken languages, and about 90 minutes of music as a message of the civilizations on Earth in 1977 sent into interstellar space for intelligent life found elsewhere. The bulding of the record is discussed to prepare participants for an activity in determining the best representations that would go on a Golden Record of today for intelligent life to discover perhaps billions of years in the future, after our world ceases to exist.
- How can we estimate the number of technological civilizations that might exist among the stars? While working as a radio astronomer at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Green Bank, West Virginia, Dr. Frank Drake conceived an approach to bound the terms involved in estimating the number of technological civilizations that may exist in our galaxy. The Drake Equation, as it has become known, was first presented by Drake in 1961 and identifies specific factors thought to play a role in the development of such civilizations. Although there is no unique solution to this equation, it is a generally accepted tool used by the scientific community to examine these factors.
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