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Voyager 1 Fires Up Thrusters After 37 Years


The Voyager team is able to use a set of four backup thrusters, dormant since 1980. They are located on the back side of the spacecraft in this orientation.

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

If you tried to start a car that's been sitting in a garage for decades, you might not expect the engine to respond. But a set of thrusters aboard the Voyager 1 spacecraft successfully fired up Wednesday after 37 years without use.

From Jet Propulsion Laboratory/NASA
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