Voyager 1 calls home after months of incomprehensible data

Voyager 1 calls home after months of incomprehensible data

Voyager is located 24 billion kilometers from Earth, and messages take 22.5 hours to arrive.

NASA says there was a pause in apparent data on November 14, 2023, although JPL's control center was able to record that it received the signals from Earth.

In March of this year, technicians determined that a faulty computer chip was the cause, and were able to prepare code that worked in the 46-year-old on-board computer. NASA reported on Monday that the probe is now sending understandable data about the state of electronic systems.

The next step is to have the probe resume transmitting scientific data, says a message from NASA.

Voyager 1 was launched in 1977 and was the first human probe to travel outside the solar system into infinite space where sunlight cannot reach. The Voyager 2 dual probe was also launched in 1977. It left the solar system in 2018.

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Both Voyager landers carry a 12-inch gold-plated copper CD that will relay human history to whoever finds it and has a working player. The CD shows a map of the solar system and contains a piece of uranium that can tell the receiver when to launch the probe. They are also equipped with signs explaining how to perform operation.

The probes' energy resources will be exhausted sometime after 2025. Then they will continue their silent journey among the stars and galaxies forever.

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