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IN SPACE - JULY 2: In this handout provided by NASA from the the Earth-orbiting International Space Station, weather system Arthur travels up the east coast of the United States in the Atlantic Ocean near Florida on July 2, 2014 in space. The robotic arm of the Space Station Remote Manipulator System or Canadarm2 is seen at upper right. According to reports, Arthur has begun moving steadily northward at around 5 kt. and the tropical storm is expected to strike the North Carolina Outer Banks over the Fourth of July holiday. (Photo by NOAA via Getty Images)

Last week, NASA sent signals to fire up backup thrusters on Voyager 1, a spacecraft making its way through interstellar space that launched in 1977.

Amazingly enough, NASA’s test was successful even though the thrusters have been idle for 37 years, and switching to the backups should extend Voyager 1’s lifespan by two to three years. It took more than 19 hours to reach the spacecraft 13 billion miles away.

On today’s show, Doc and the guys talked about the story of U.S. space success and debated why we look at space travel differently depending on the generation we’re born into.

To see more from Doc, visit his channel on TheBlaze and listen live to “The Morning Blaze with Doc Thompson” weekdays 6 a.m. – 9 a.m. ET, only on TheBlaze Radio Network.

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