TVNZ journalist breaks free from our language system after four decades in safe space

Voyager 2 has now left the heliosphere.?It?s 18 billion km away and travelling out into interstellar space at more than 15 km per second. Quote.

NASA’s Voyager 2 is now the second human-made object to zip away from the sun into the space between the stars. End quote.

Zip? Is it really buzzing about? Left and right? Up and down? To and fro? How about a grown-up word like ?speed? or ?hurtle??Quote.

Voyager 2 last month exited “this bubble that the sun creates around itself,” longtime NASA mission scientist Ed Stone said. The spacecraft is now beyond the outer boundary of the heliosphere, some 18 billion kilometres from Earth. End quote.

That?s about the length of the cycle lanes Julie-Anne Genter plans for Auckland. Quote.

It’s trailing twin Voyager 1, which reached interstellar space in 2012 and is now 21 billion kilometres from Earth.

Interstellar space is the vast mostly emptiness between star systems. end quote.

That?s mostly vastly empty Manglishness.?Quote.

?Scientists know that Voyager 2 has left the sun’s influence because of four different instruments that are measuring solar particles and different types of rays.
They showed a dramatic change on November 5, indicating the spacecraft was now in between the stars. One of the instruments measures solar plasma and this is the first time NASA saw a drop in that key instrument; the same instrument wasn’t working on Voyager 1. End quote.

Really? How far did it fall? Surely they mean ?measurement?? Quote.

The twin Voyagers launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, in 1977, and zipped by Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. Voyager 2 has already logged more than 30 billion kilometres on its interstellar trip going 55,025kph.?End quote.

There it goes ? zipping about again. Damn those pesky Voyagers. They used the slingshot effect of the outer planets’ gravity to gain the velocity needed to exit the solar system.?Quote.

“Both spacecrafts are very healthy if you consider them senior citizens,” Voyager project manager Suzanne Dodd said.

She said the probes should last at least five, maybe 10 more years, but the cold ? the temperature outside the vehicles is about minus 45 Celsius ? and waning power supply will eventually end their usefulness.End quote.

Suzanne probably does speak good English and has been misquoted. The surface temperature of Voyager is going to be more like 20?K or minus 253?C ? the same as the temperature of the interstellar dust. (Pluto?s surface temperature is around 33?K or minus 240?C) Quote.

Yet the two Voyagers will keep travelling and in 40,000 years or so they’ll get close to the next stars, or actually the stars, which are moving faster, will get close to them, Stone said. End quote.

And maybe in 40,000 years, the standard of taxpayer-funded journalism might have improved.

Thanks to ToBoldLeeGoh?(who actually passed his science exams) for picking up on this sloppy journalism.