NASA to kill the historic iconic Voyager 1, Voyager 2 deep in space

NASA planning to shut it down for permanently, because reasons are....


NASA's Voyager 1, Voyager 2 spacecraft which are in deep space may soon be powered down after 44 years in service.

NASA is planning to shut down power of Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 spacecraft after 44 years of service.

It is far from being killing off, the spacecraft will be gradually powered down and make them last at least till 2030.

Voyager 2 launched before Voyager 1, both spacecraft were launched to study our solar system and interstellar space.

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Voyager spacecraft is powered by Radioisotope Thermoelectic Generators (RTGs) which use the heat from decaying plutonium to power spacecraft.

Power output from decaying plutonium is decreasing at a rate of 4 watts per year. This means that systems are shutting down.

NASA estimates that the plutonium will cross the decay limit by 2025 and spacecraft stop functioning.

NASA JPL Scientist said that, "If all goes well, may be missions extended in to the 2030s. But it depends upon generating power."

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