NASA wakes up Voyager’s slumbering thrusters 37 years later

NASA’s Voyager 1 has been drifting farther and farther away from our planet for the past 40 years. Now, the agency has ensured that it can maintain contact with the farthest spacecraft from Earth for at least two to three more years by waking up a set of backup thrusters it hasn’t used since 1980. […]

Why NASA’s twin Voyagers probes are the most important spacecraft ever launched — and could be the last evidence of humanity’s existence

NASA/JPL-Caltech About 1 billion years from now, the sun will begin to die, blow off its outer atmosphere, and engulf our tiny planet in hot plasma. Luckily, the galaxy will have NASA’s twin Voyager spacecraft to remember us by. The two nuclear-powered probes launched 40 years ago and became the first and only robots to […]

A gallery of Voyagers greatest hits—and they are truly great

NASA Sunday marks the 40th anniversary of the launch of Voyager 2 which, at the time, confused the heck out of the press and public because it actually launched before Voyager 1. Why did they launch the second probe first? Because Voyager 2 was going to follow a longer trajectory to reach the Jupiter system, […]

NASA’s Voyagers: 35 years of inspiration [Update: Now it’s 40]

(credit: National Geographic) This weekend, NASA’s historic Voyager spacecrafts celebrate their 40th year in space. The missions have given humanity many awe-inspiring discoveries in those four decades, and Voyager 1 and 2 have inspired infinite further initiatives or related works, too (such as a great new documentary debuting this week). To celebrate the occasion, we’re […]