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Voyager 1 probe is now making sense

April 23, 2024 | by The Jeuns

After a prolonged period of sending gibberish, Voyager 1 has finally reestablished contact with NASA. The venerable 46-year-old spacecraft began transmitting faulty data to NASA back in November, leaving the space agency scrambling to find a solution. Now, as Voyager 1 nears its 50th year of operation, NASA is hopeful for a return to normal scientific data transmission.

NASA’s JPL announced this week that Voyager 1 is once again providing useful data on the condition of its onboard systems, marking the first time since November. Despite the challenges posed by the probe’s location in interstellar space, where it takes nearly two days for commands to reach it, NASA persisted in its efforts to rectify the communication issues that threatened to permanently silence Voyager 1.

The successful fix, sent from Earth on April 18, appears to have restored communication with the spacecraft, albeit temporarily. The potential longevity of this solution remains uncertain, considering Voyager 1’s continued journey away from the Sun and Earth.

Both Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 have made significant contributions to our understanding of the cosmos, capturing invaluable images of outer planets that remain unequaled to this day. However, as their trajectories carry them farther from our vicinity, the challenge of maintaining contact with these legendary probes will only intensify.

Looking ahead, the potential for future communication challenges remains a concern for NASA. Nevertheless, the recent success in restoring communication with Voyager 1 offers hope for continued scientific discoveries from this iconic spacecraft. As we await further updates, we can only hope for a smooth return to receiving valuable data from Voyager 1 in the near future.

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