Believers around the world are losing their minds after the newest events. Apparently NASA has received a response from the void!
For the first time in nearly four decades, NASA’s spacecraft Voyager 1 fired up its thrusters all the way over in interstellar space. This means that the spacecraft can once again communicate with our planet Earth, from over 13 billion miles distance.
Just to be clear, thruster is the device used for orientation of the spacecraft, or in this case for communication with Earth. Voyager 1 relies on this small devices, explained NASA in a statement.
NASA’s Voyager 1 was the only human-made object flying in interstellar space, or more precisely the environment between the stars. It’s also the farthest and fastest spacecraft made by NASA, travelling with a speed of more than 35,000 mph, or approximately 900,000 miles farther from Earth each day.
Voyager 1 has been where no other spacecraft has gone before. In August 2012, the spacecraft crossed the edge of the heliosphere, which was the first time for a human-made object to come into the space between stars.
Ever since 2014, the spacecraft’s thrusters were noticeably degrading, so after analyzing the situation a team of four engineers decided to do something unusual. Chris Jones, Robert Shotwell, Carl Guernsey and Todd Barber decided to try out a set of thrusters that had been asleep for 37 years.
“The Voyager flight team dug up decades-old data and examined the software that was coded in an outdated assembler language, to make sure we could safely test the thrusters”, said chief engineer, Chris Jones.
The engineers fired up the thrusters just two weeks ago and luckily the test was successful.
Looking for some hot stuff? I fired backup thrusters for the first time in 37 years, and they worked like a champ. This could extend my life 2-3 years. https://t.co/N0pF3nvOkO pic.twitter.com/V35vMbrHCr
— NASA Voyager (@NASAVoyager) December 2, 2017
“The Voyager team got more excited each time with each milestone in the thruster test.The mood was one of relief, joy and incredulity after witnessing these well-rested thrusters pick up the baton as if no time had passed at all”, said Todd Barber.
So far the tests are showing good results, so now the team is planning on doing similar test on the thrusters for Voyager 2 which will also enter interstellar space, likely within the next few years.