It’s challenging when a far to home spacecraft encounters some troubles, and the issues can’t be solved quickly. Earth’s most distant agents in the universe are known as NASA’s Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 spacecraft, both of which are now analyzing the interstellar space. Voyager 2, unfortunately, got to face a more difficult time recently.
NASA’s Voyager 2 Probe Encountered an Issue at the Edge of Solar System
The spacecraft experienced a technical hiccup last week, and NASA is running some tests to get a solution and put the probe back on its route. “Here’s the skinny: My twin went to do a roll to calibrate the onboard magnetometer, overdrew power and tripped software designed to automatically protect the spacecraft,” read the full statement on NASA Voyager’s Twitter.
The spacecraft seemed to turn off its science tools to counterbalance for the overdrew. Also, according to the post published on Twitter, Voyager 2’s power status is excellent, and its instruments are in a good state, too. NASA explained that scientists are working on any solution to fix the issue as soon as possible.
The space agency detailed: “Communications traveling at the speed of light take about 17 hours to reach the spacecraft, and it takes another 17 hours for a response from the spacecraft to return to Earth.”
Voyager 2 Probe So Far
Voyager 2 started back in 1977. It has displayed fantastic resilience despite the significant distance it has reached. The probe’s power availability shrinks a little bit every year. However, it is still collecting information to support scientists find out about what’s occurring at the border of our solar system.
Until now, it appears that Voyager 2’s security system ran as developed and that it should be capable of going on with its brilliant and daring mission into the universe.