NASA fires up Voyager 1 thrusters after 37 years

NASA fires up Voyager 1 thrusters after 37 years

Hello all, Some of you might have read one of my posts about Voyager 1 when it had completed its 40 years’ interstellar journey. Here is another update I have came across from internet so I thought you would be interested to read about Voyager 1.

Thrusters of Voyager 1 are fired up after 37 years by NASA

US space agency NASA has said a set of thrusters aboard the Voyager 1 spacecraft have been successfully fired up after 37 years without use.

The spacecraft was equipped with small devices called “attitude control thrusters” to orient itself so it can communicate with us on Earth, but the thrusters have been degrading since 2014.

Voyager-1 by NASA

Suzanne Dodd, project manager for Voyager at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, said on Friday that, “With these thrusters that are still functional after 37 years without use, we will be able to extend the life of the Voyager 1 spacecraft by two to three years.”.

Command took 19 hours and 35 Minutes to reach on earth

Voyager engineers sent a command to fire the four “trajectory correction maneuver (TCM)” thrusters and it took 19 hours and 35 minutes for the test results to reach an antenna in Goldstone, California.

Similar test on the TCM thrusters for Voyager 2, the twin spacecraft of Voyager 1 will be carried out by NASA.

Voyager 1 and 2 were launched 16 days apart in 1977. Voyager 1 reached interstellar space, which NASA described as “the environment between the stars,” in 2012.

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