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For how long will we still be able to communicate with the amazing Voyager 1?
According to wikipedia, around 2025-2030 Voyager 1 will no longer be able to power any instrument. I assume that includes the transmitter, but I'm not sure.For how long will we still be able to communicate with the amazing Voyager 1?
Suzanne Dodd, the Voyager project manager at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, says the Voyager spacecraft are powered by a couple of nuclear reactors sitting on the back of the probe, but they will soon run out of steam. "The nuclear power sources lose about 4 watts of power a year," she says. At this rate, Dodd says, Voyager should have enough power to communicate with Earth until 2022 or maybe 2025.
At it current distance, a round-trip message from Voyager I to Earth and back again takes a little more than 33 hours. And Voyager scientists are allotted only 6 to 8 hours per day on the Deep Space Network, meaning there may not be somebody listening when Voyager is talking
Thank you! Im new here.Hi Lars Hansen.
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