Is Voyager In Interstellar Space? Confusing Signals From Little Craft That Could
GE – Is the Voyager 1 spacecraft in interstellar space? NASA says yes, but a small but respected community of researchers isn’t convinced.
One element of the Voyager mission isn’t under debate, though: the 35-year old spacecraft is still relying on GE technology, including command computers and power generators.
The spacecraft is now than 11.9 billion miles from home—more than 53,000 times farther than a trip to the moon. The Voyager 1 and its sibling the Voyager 2 launched in 1977. They were expected to last only a few years, but carried . “NASA considered everything past the Saturn encounter a bonus,” said Dr. Howard Butler, who ran GE’s Aerospace Electronic Systems Department.
NASA now estimates that the probes will survive until 2025. more> http://tinyurl.com/lkfcxeo