The decision to cut out more systems was to extend their lifespan. While the ship’s computer system doesn’t require much power, the probe has run out of power after 45 years. According to Scientific American, the detectors lose about 4 watts of total energy annually, requiring some systems to be shut down to save others.
for many years, NASA Various systems on Voyager 1 and 2 have been shutting down in an attempt to extend the life of the probes. The two rover cameras responsible for some of the most famous space photos were taken offline in 1990 to maintain power.
Four of Voyager 1’s 14 original systems are still in operation, while Voyager 2 has five working.
NASA Scientists hope that redirecting power to other vital systems will allow the probes to continue transmitting data to Earth for the next decade.
“If all goes well, maybe we can extend the mission into the 2030s. It just depends on power. That’s the limiting point,” NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory scientist Linda Spilker told the publication.
This probeLaunched in 1977, it deepened the world’s understanding of deep space during its 45-year mission. They are now farther from Earth than any human-made object, with Voyager 1 just over 14 billion miles from Earth, and Voyager 2 a close second at 12 billion miles.
These probes were never intended to fly past Saturn. But they continued to fly after Voyager 1 retweeted photos of the famous ring in 1981. In the past decade, both probes have entered “interstellar space” after breaking through the heliopause.
although NASAIn an effort to keep the detector system online, experts expect communications capabilities to disappear after 2030. If either probe comes in contact with intelligent life, scientists won’t know until much later.
Both detectors contain a golden record, Include Important information about the planet. This includes about 90 minutes of music, 115 pictures, greetings in 55 languages and various sounds.
The probe is expected to pass the nearest star, Proxima Centauri, in another 20,000 years.