posted on Oct, 6 2012 @ 06:45 PM
reply to post by sonnny1
Hard to say that we can't accomplish things during wars. Both the Voyager and Viking programs were originally developed as part of the Mariner
program, but expanded on it and became their own entities as the technology progressed. The Mariner program was during the height of the Korean War.
The Voyager and Viking programs had most of their groundwork done during the height of US involvement in the Vietnam War.
So it isn't that just war slows us down, it's also that we have lost a lot of the drive to explore the cosmos that we had as a nation fifty years
reply to post by Jessarelli
Here is a link to the Voyager Mission Homepage
. That's a great starting off point!
reply to post by phantomjack
Both Voyager spacecraft are powered by Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generators, more commonly called RTGs. Each craft uses three plutonium-238 RTGs to
provide power. The decay of the isotope releases heat, which is then turned into electricity through the use of thermocouples. They last for quite a
long time, which is why both craft are still able to send data back today. They do lose power over time, both as the Pu-238 supply decreases and as
the thermocouples wear down. I believe each Voyager craft has less than 60% of its original power output available now.
reply to post by michael1983l
You could be in luck. A start up called Mars One is looking to send some folks on a one-way trip to Mars in 2023. They intend to send another crew
every two years to keep the colony growing.
You can read more about that here: Mars
One - Get Your One Way Ticket To The Red Planet
edit on 10/6/2012 by cmdrkeenkid because: Added response to michael1983l.
edit on 10/6/2012 by cmdrkeenkid because: Correcting