Should they turn the cameras back on Voyager 1 so we can see it's environment ?
- WarrenLv 76 months agoFavorite Answer
In addition to the other correct answers, that there is nothing of interest within range of the cameras, it is probable that the cameras are not operational. As the amount of power available has steadily declined as the PU-238 powering the RTGs has decayed, various systems have to be turned off to stay within the ever decreasing power available. Years ago the camera heaters were shut down, so it is very likely that the cameras were damaged by the intense cold.
- Campbell HaydenLv 76 months ago
The answer to your question = Not really.
By the time we get a signal back from Voyager, and based on the fact
that the signal's strength will have been scrambled by the Solar wind
and radiation and be reduced to less than 1-trillionth of a watt when it
gets here, it will not have been worth turning the cameras back on.
Interstellar space is quite empty,
and Voyager's 50+ year old apparatus and equipment will not tell us
anything about its current environment that we do not already know.
- nineteenthlyLv 76 months ago
It's unlikely that that would show anything informative.
- 6 months ago
What exactly are you expecting that it could see?
It's environment is deep in the almost total darkness of space, with nothing visible except distant stars and a very distant sun.
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- NyxLv 76 months ago
There isn't enough power on the craft to do that.
- daniel gLv 76 months ago
Nothing for it to see. Even the sun would be just a dim spot.
Voyager is down to just a couple percent power from it power cell, certain to be dead as a post very soon.
Only a couple instrument packages still powered but for the distance, the data incredibly slow.
Try surfing the internet at 35 bits per second.
- 6 months ago
There's no real need to...
- Gordon BLv 66 months ago
No, the amount of light out there means they would pick up almost nothing while wasting power that cvan be used for more useful sensors.