Voyager's past and new life in space

Voyager's past and new life in space

Summary: The 34-year-old Voyager 1's life has been extended - and it's still finding more discoveries at the edge of our solar system.

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  • In April 2011, NASA announced that the two Voyager spacecraft would soon be the first human-made objects to leave our solar system. While on their journey, each day the Voyagers send back this message, "Expect the unexpedted."

    At this point the power left in Voyager 1 from the radioactive decay of a Plutonium 238 heat source was expected to keep it running until 2020.

    Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

  • Probably the Voyager image that stunned scientists the most was that of an active volcano on Jupiter's moon Io. The Pioneer probes had detected volcanoes on Io but none were believe to be alive.

  • Here's a closer look at an inactive volcano on Io. The moon has about 100 times the volcanic activity as Earth.

    Scientists made another major discovery on Io, called the Io torus, a ring of ionized sulfur and oxygen which comes from the moon and adds to Jupiter's magnetic field.

Topic: Nasa / Space

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  • RE: Voyager's past and new life in space

    Amazing
    MoeFugger
  • RE: Voyager's past and new life in space

    It's quite amazing how long they've kept these things going long past their intended lifetimes. And totally remote controlled too - can't send anybody out there to fix them!

    Amazing.

    Why can't more stuff on Earth be built like these things?
    CobraA1
  • Built Like a Voyager

    Theses amazing devices have proved to be such good value for mankind's money that I think a new category of spacecrafts, and why not, some Earthling equipment too - should be built not only "like a tank" but actually "like a Voyager": made not only to last a very long time but also to outlive their developers' most optimistic expectations for use.
    nil_bazana@...
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