March 24, 2019 by Gurur Yıldız
The Voyager program is a scientific program that employs twin spacecraft, Voyager 1 and Voyager 2, for investigating the outer Solar System. Voyager 1 had become the first human-made object to enter interstellar space, that means further than anyone, or anything, in history (August 2012). It has crossed into the heliosheath and is leaving the solar system, rising above the ecliptic plane at an angle of about 35 degrees at a rate of about 520 million kilometers (about 320 million miles) a year. Similar with that, Voyager 2 also had entered interstellar space in November 2018. It is also headed out of the solar system, diving below the ecliptic plane at an angle of about 48 degrees and a rate of about 470 million kilometers (about 290 million miles) a year. Now, they are closer to another star (Gliese 581) than our Sun. Continuing on their more than 40-year journey since their 1977 launches, they each are much farther away from our existence and seeking the other livings. They are maybe our one of the best shots to find the meaning of anything/everything.
But, maybe there are other options:
Give me my coffee so that I can make phenomenology out of it.
– Edmund Husserl
Phenomenology is a broad discipline developed largely by the German philosopher Edmund Husserl, which is based on the premise that reality consists of objects and events (“phenomena”) as they are perceived or understood in the human consciousness, and not of anything independent of human consciousness.
From this perspective, personal experience is our key to understand everything. For Edmund’s coffee; other information like how they grow, how they grind, where they prepared is meaningless. The only truth is, how it makes him feel. Is it hot? Is it strong? Is it tasty?…
So let’s give it a try. Forget every technical information about Voyagers and let your consciousness be the new spacecraft which seeking the existence of others and try to understand your own. How does it make you feel?
Here is the first ever sounds captured from the outer solar system to help you, via Voyager1:
Taste your existence.
Author info: Gurur Yıldız, Social Psychology Program (Baskent Un., Ankara) | email: yildiz.gurur [AT] gmail[.]com