The Voyager 2 probe for the first time in 40 years in space showed a malfunction.


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The Voyager 2 probe for the first time in 40 years in space showed a malfunction.

The Voyager 2, which has been performing a mission in space for over 40 years, has locked itself in safe mode. Because of this, he was unable to complete the planned maneuver. Now NASA engineers are trying to restart the probe.

The failure was recorded on January 25th. Then the device could not perform a 360-degree turn maneuver to calibrate the instruments. During the maneuver, two energy-intensive probe systems worked simultaneously, which could lead to overload and transition to safe mode.

NASA reported that on January 28, engineers managed to turn off one of the devices and restart some of the scientific instruments of the device. Now the state of the remaining systems is being analyzed for the possible shutdown of the second energy-consuming device and the probe returning to normal operation. Engineers have to wait 17 hours to receive a signal from Voyager 2, and another 17 hours are spent to make sure that the team was successful.

The missions of Voyager and Voyager 2, which study the boundaries of the solar system and are the farthest artificial objects from our planet (18.5 billion km from Earth), were launched in 1977. The probes are located outside the heliosphere, but so far remain inside the solar system.

It was assumed that humanity would cease to receive signals from probes after 2025. Voyager 2 loses about 4 watts of available power per year, so its equipment is gradually turned off. Last year, engineers turned off the primary heater for the cosmic ray subsystem device. The source of energy for the probe is a radioisotope thermoelectric generator (RTG).

Voyager 2 has already discovered a number of anomalies at the edge of the solar system. His observations revealed that the heliosphere or plasma bubble of the solar system does not have exact boundaries and goes into the interstellar medium. It also became the first station to fly immediately past the four giant planets of the solar system. This made it possible to discover 3 new moons at Jupiter, 4 at Saturn, 11 at Uranus, and 6 at Neptune.

Earlier it became known that NASA plans in 2021 to deliver the first commercial module in the history of the ISS. Its development is led by Axiom Space. This module will be intended for space tourists.

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