NASA Pulling the Plug on V'ger(s)

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  1. MikeH92467

    MikeH92467 RadioNinja

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    I'm sure the warranties have long since expired.

    The probes launched 45 years ago have pushed the boundaries of space exploration going beyond their initial mission.

    Nasa had previously said that the Voyagers ‘were destined—perhaps eternally—to wander the Milky Way’. But the radioactive plutonium-powered probes are losing energy by about 4 watts a year.

    ... initial projections had expected the Voyager mission to last just four years.

    ‘We’ve done 10 times the warranty on the darn things,’ Ralph McNutt, a physicist at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, told Scientific American.

    After 2030, Voyager will likely lose contact with Earth but both probes carry a 12-inch, gold-plated record that carries information from Earth. This includes 115 images, greetings in 55 different languages, sounds of the wind, rain, the human heartbeat and 90 minutes of music.

    In another 20,000 years, the probes will pass the nearest star, Proxima Centauri, with this time capsule of human life. :salute:
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