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A New Plan for Keeping NASA's Oldest Explorers Going

9 Jul 2019, 15:49 UTC
A New Plan for Keeping NASA's Oldest Explorers Going NASA/JPL-Caltech

With careful planning and dashes of creativity, engineers have been able to keep NASA's Voyager 1 and 2 spacecraft flying for nearly 42 years - longer than any other spacecraft in history. To ensure that these vintage robots continue to return the best science data possible from the frontiers of space, mission engineers are implementing a new plan to manage them. And that involves making difficult choices, particularly about instruments and thrusters.

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