Image: An earlier Mars Exploration Rover MER spacecraft—areoshell encapsulating the rover and lander plus cruise stage. NASA/JPL
Robert Zimmerman, BehindtheBlack.com
; in re: The audience’s generous donations are enormously appreciated. FarFarOut is the farthest-out object known in our Solar System. About 250 miles across, and 132 AU from the Sun, 12 billion miles. Its orbit is very eccentric – 175 AU from the Sun at its extreme, then comes in from 27 AUs, which is inside the orbit of Neptune. It may interact with Neptune and get flung out.
Voyager 1 and 2 are beyond the edge of the Solar System, the heliosphere, but maybe not farther than FarFar Out.
Alpha Centauri. Maybe an exoplanet – may have detected the actual light of an exoplanet orbiting Alpha Centauri A. Not a habitable planet, but within the habitable zone.
Then, to Mars: the PRC has achieved orbit, carrying a lander and a rover. The UAE (al Amal) has succeeded this week, also. US lander, Perseverance, will roar through the atmosphere for seven minutes. Aspirations of sovereign powers: Turkey and Saudi Arabia. The new colonialism.