Voyager 2 has been roaming space for more than 40 years, and it’s been years and age. NASA reported that engineers were working to get the probe back into normal operation, and that the current failure caused the spacecraft to lock itself in safe mode. Voyager 2 failed to perform its scheduled maneuver on Saturday, January 25, and had planned to rotate 360 degrees to calibrate its magnetic instrument, but for some reason the operation was delayed. This, in turn, means that two specialpower-hungry systems will run at the same time, running out of available power.
Because it is not possible to accurately send 11.5 billion miles (18.5 billion kilometers) of signal to the detector, Voyager 2 is designed to prevent any permanent damage by automatically responding to these conditions by entering low-power mode. Engineers at NASA headquarters can then communicate with the spacecraft to try to solve the problem.
As of January 28, the team managed to shut down one of the high-power systems, allowing some scientific instruments to be reopened. Engineers are currently analyzing the data to find out how the remaining systems are in place to find ways to further save energy and get the spacecraft back up and running.
However, the whole process has been slow because of the distance involved. Since Voyager 2 and its twin Voyager 1 are both in interstellar space, it will take about 17 hours to communicate from NASA and then 17 hours to get a response.
But hope remains, and hopes that the historic spacecraft will soon be relaunched and operational, with more data from the edge of the solar system.