Finally, 37 years after its official launch we’ve just been announced by NASA that we might actually retrieve Voyager 1. This discovery came as a shock to us all, we couldn’t be happier about the return of one of humanity’s greatest inventions yet.
In case you didn’t know already, Voyager 1 is NASA and JPL’s first spacecraft, and its task was simple yet convoluted at the same time. The problem that it encountered is either due to unforeseen incidents or just a result of bad planning but according to NASA, their ship remained stranded in space after its main thrusters crashed.
Despite the fact that it can usually reach speeds of around 35,000 miles per hour, the ship is left crippled into space, drifting wherever its weight leads it.
It’s sitting comfortably around 13 billion miles away from Earth but NASA has recently managed to contact its secondary thrusters which might actually mean that there’s hope for it yet.
The TCM thrusters seem to be still active, so with their help, we might still be able to give the spaceship an extra 1-2 years to come home.
Some of the greatest minds of the world have been assigned on this mission, respectively Chris Jones, Robert Shotwell, Carl Guernsey, and Todd Barber. We wish them luck ahead, it will be tough but definitely worthwhile too.