NASA managed to establish communication with the Voyager 2 probe after a mysterious failure


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NASA managed to establish communication with the Voyager 2 probe after a mysterious failure

Launched from Cape Canaveral in 1977, the Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 probes have been in space for 42 years. Together, these robotic devices have changed our understanding of the solar system, and now reveal unprecedented information about interstellar space outside the sphere of influence of the sun. However, on January 28 of this year, NASA reported Voyager 2 problems, the causes of which were not known. Right now, the device is located 18.4 billion km from Earth and, according to Inverse, citing the official NASA Voyager account Twitter, was able to return to duty and resumed the mission to collect scientific data about the solar system and interstellar space beyond.

Voyager robotic machines are perhaps the greatest achievement of mankind.

What happened to Voyager 2?

On February 5, NASA announced on its Twitter account that the Voyager 2 device was not only stable, but also returned to its scientific mission. At the moment, the connection between it and the Earth is configured and works fine. Recall that the device ran into a problem on January 28, and communication with it was interrupted for unknown reasons. Then Voyager 2 turned off the power and software designed to automatically protect the spacecraft. On the eve of the probe had to rotate 360 ​​degrees in order to calibrate one of the instruments on board. However, the turn did not take place. As a result, two of his systems – both of which consume a lot of energy – worked simultaneously. The most likely problem, according to the researchers, is that the spacecraft used too much power, which triggered the protection software. The software automatically turns off Voyager 2 scientific instruments when overload occurs to save energy.

42 years spacecraft with gold plates on the hull plowed space

At the time of writing, NASA did not confirm or deny whether this actually happened. Only time will tell whether we will ever get an answer to the question of what went wrong. But for now, we can all be sure that the Voyager 2 mission is far from over. If everything goes well, he will have five more years to live, which means that for another five years the device will collect valuable scientific data from that area of ​​space, which we cannot study in any other way.

This is interesting: Where are the Voyager and Pioneer probes going and how long will they fly?

Meanwhile, both vehicles spent four decades in space, so their wear and tear is a matter of time. However, even if we lose contact with these space travelers, they will continue to surf the space, carrying on their board gold plates on which information about our civilization is written.

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