Will Curiosity have the Longevity of Voyager I?

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Will Curiosity have the Longevity of Voyager I?
« on: 07/08/2012 15:58:36 »
Will the Mars Curiosity Rover have the longevity of the Voyager I, which 34 years later, is still providing information?
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Will Curiosity have the Longevity of Voyager I?
« Reply #1 on: 07/08/2012 15:58:36 »
We answered this question on the show...



David -   Well, we sure hope so.  I think Ill be well-retired by then, but it is nuclear powered so we won't have the problem of solar panels getting covered with dust.  I guess really the only issue were going to have is that same nuclear power that keeps us going is also going to be firing off neutrons at us at a rapid rate.  And those neutrons can cause damage over time so, were kind of in a race to get as much information as we can and if we last 10 years, well well still be sending information back.
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