Voyagers' journey

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Voyagers' journey
Posted by Broomstick on Wednesday, December 04, 2013 7:11 PM

I'm new to this forum and look forward to learning all my small brain can handle. I have a question I've asked in 4  different emails, never getting an answer. This is really bugging me, so I hope someone can shed some light.

How  can the Voyager spacecraft travel through the heliopause without being obliterated by the 250,000 to one million mph interstellar winds?

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Posted by stepping beyond on Thursday, December 05, 2013 8:40 AM
Very lucky , check out space.com for full updates.SB
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Posted by Poppa Chris on Thursday, December 05, 2013 10:54 AM

The velocity of the interstellar wind is indeed very high, but the density of the wind is correspondingly very low.  There just aren't that many particles to strike at one time to suddenly obliterate the  spacecraft.

Over a long period of time, however, there may be enough cumulative damage to electronics, etc. to render Voyager inoperative.  That will be a sad day, but solace can be taken in the fact that even as a derelict hulk, it's voyage will continue for millenia.  

---Poppa Chris---

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