The probe’s cosmic ray system played a important role in verifying that Voyager two left the heliosphere in November, and it remains of good use to the day. Since it was made to detect fast moving particles both from the sun and from sources outside our solar system, it continued sending back data after it entered interstellar space.

That’s why the managers held extensive discussions with the tech team before opting to switch off the tool’s heater, which is necessary to continue to keep it from freezing. In the long run, everyone decided that it’s the aspect of forfeit at this time, as the CRS can only look in certain directions that were predetermined. Thankfully, that failed to spell instant death to your cosmic beam tool. The team has shown it has been sending back data after its temperature dropped to minus 74 degrees Fahrenheit and despite the fact that it was tested at temperatures dropping only to minus 49 degrees half a year past.

Voyager Project Manager Suzanne Dodd said it has”incredible that Voyagers’ tools have proved so hardy.” She added:”We’re proud they have uttered the test of time. The spacecraft’s long run me an we’re working with scenarios. We will continue to research every option we have to be able to continue to retain the Voyagers doing the very best science possible”

As yet another example of the probes’ have to adapt to situation to keep going, Voyager two has fired up its correction maneuver thrusters on July 8th, 30 years later it was last terminated. Its attitude control thrusters are older and haven’t been working well, requiring the probe to fire an increasing number of stimulation to be certain its antenna keeps trending out at our world. Now, the spacecraft has switched thrusters like the Voyager 1 failed in 2018, and will be using these to adjust its orientation.