The Big Think

January 19, 2011

Outbound

Filed under: Space/Astronomy — jasony @ 8:36 pm

“”We were all praying to get to Neptune [in 1989]. But after that? Who thought we could be with this 33 years [after launch]?”

In all that time, only one instrument, on Voyager 1, has broken down. Nine others on the two craft have been powered down to save dwindling electrical power from their plutonium-powered generators.

But five experiments on each Voyager are still funded and seven are still delivering data. Problems do crop up, but fixes can still be made with radioed instructions that take 12 hours to reach the craft.”

Voyager 1 at edge of solar system – baltimoresun.com: “”

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