NASA Voyager Mission was launched in 1977 with a design lifetime of five years. Since then, the spacecraft has transited 14.5 billion miles from Earth, analyzing interstellar space and making countless discoveries.
However, lately, NASA’s Voyager 1 team discovered the spacecraft seems to be confused about its location in space, and the company believes it will soon run out of power.
Thomas Zurbuchen, NASA’s associate administrator for the Science Mission Directorate, said at a meeting of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine’s Space Studies Board that they have a problem with the Voyager 1 spacecraft, as its antenna is not reflecting what’s actually happening on board.
According to a Scientific American report, the clock is ticking for NASA Voyager Mission, as it might be time to say goodbye for good. Ralph McNutt, a Johns Hopkins University physicist, told the publication “we’re at 44 and a half years, so we’ve done 10 times the warranty on the darn things.”
Voyager Space Probes have provided scientists their first glimpses at the moons of far-residing planets. Voyager 2 is the first-ever spacecraft to fly beyond Uranus and Neptune.