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Posted by TheMoMan (Member # 1659) on February 03, 2013, 05:50:
 
The Voyager ships, one or both of them is out past Pluto. Still phones home. Now think about this, how is it getting its power, we know it does not have an extension cord. How much solar energy would still be striking its solar cells, or is it one of those that had a small reactor aboard?

CMEs we just had a good one.

The Escapist : News : Nasa

This next one may be a little close.

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Posted by The Famous Druid (Member # 1769) on February 03, 2013, 06:52:
 
quote:
Originally posted by TheMoMan:
How much solar energy would still be striking its solar cells, or is it one of those that had a small reactor aboard?

It has a small plutonium powered thermoelectric generator.
IIRC, the power supplied is slowly declining, they've been gradually shutting down non-essential systems for years now. In a few years they'll have to shut down the gyros, if that causes the comms dish to lose alignment, we'll lose contact with the probes.
 


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