Voyager 2 will stay alive years longer thanks to new power strategy

Originally published at: Voyager 2 will stay alive years longer thanks to new power strategy | Boing Boing


No offense but I think the “million” should be modified to billion.


Deep Space NASA has done some amazing things.

The Voyagers and the Opportunity lander are phenomenal examples of tenacity. I am amazed their budgets have not been cut and the systems told to shutdown for cost savings.

I still consider the loss of Skylab to be a terrible waste. I have never seen what value the Apollo Soyuz mission had.


Sending more Chuck Berry!


Apollo/Soyuz was all about international relations (for that matter, most manned missions of this era ultimately were), and showing a path towards cooperation in space. Without it, it’s possible that we never would have gotten to international cooperation with the ISS - it was a prominent stepping stone.


In truth, though, “more than 12 million miles from Earth” is technically accurate.


That Ozma set was my Christmas present a few years back. One of my favorite gifts ever. I still haven’t figured out exactly how I want to display/show it.


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Thank you! Glad you are enjoying it!


Duh, yes. Thank you.


The fact that the Voyagers are still out there sending back data is nothing short of astounding. It’s an incredible accomplishment.


It was launched 3 months after Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope premiered!

The fact that it’s still humming away and will continue to for years to come is a testament to the excellence of NASA engineers, then AND now.


It’s all coming together…


It’s what “successful” actually looks like.


It was a sad casualty of the delays in the Shuttle programme. Had that not been delayed, the third mission would have carried the Teleoperator Retrieval System to kick Skylab into a higher orbit followed by two refurbishment missions around 1982.

As for Apollo-Soyuz - as @Elmer says, it was politics. And it was cheap. NASA had a spare Saturn IB and Apollo capsule lying around that weren’t going to be immediately used.

Perhaps one of the big benefits of the mission was that the US and Soviet Union worked together to develop more compatible space hardware that would eventually lead to the ISS as well as compatible Earthlike atmospheres rather than the US space programme’s low-pressure pure oxygen atmospheres.


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Voyager 3! Let’s do this!


And Apollo-Soyuz finally gave Deke Slayton his ride to space.