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Voyager 1 Fires Up Thrusters After 37 Years

Posted on December 3rd, 2017 at 16:34 by John Sinteur in category: News -- Write a comment


If you tried to start a car that’s been sitting in a garage for decades, you might not expect the engine to respond. But a set of thrusters aboard the Voyager 1 spacecraft successfully fired up Wednesday after 37 years without use.

Voyager 1, NASA’s farthest and fastest spacecraft, is the only human-made object in interstellar space, the environment between the stars. The spacecraft, which has been flying for 40 years, relies on small devices called thrusters to orient itself so it can communicate with Earth. These thrusters fire in tiny pulses, or “puffs,” lasting mere milliseconds, to subtly rotate the spacecraft so that its antenna points at our planet. Now, the Voyager team is able to use a set of four backup thrusters, dormant since 1980.

Absolutely brilliant space technology, decades old.. Surely with all the progress technology has made, we’re doing much more interesting…. oh wait.. the best we can have is a billionaire shooting his car into the general direction of mars? Bummer.

  1. Voyager 1 was launched in 1977. Think how relatively primitive technology was just over 40 years ago. This must be among the finest achievements ever by humans. 13,000,000 miles and still in touch!

    For all the wonders that we now take for granted, we haven’t moved very far. Unlike Voyager.

  2. Sorry, that should be 13,000,000,000 miles.

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