After months of quiet, NASA hears from the most distant craft on Earth

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NASA has finally heard back from Voyager 1 again in a way that makes sense.
The most distant spacecraft from Earth stopped sending back understandable data last November.
Flight controllers traced the blank communication to a bad computer chip and rearranged the spacecraft’s coding to work around the trouble.
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California declared success after receiving good engineering updates late last week.
The team is still working to restore transmission of the science data.
It takes 22 1/2 hours to send a signal to Voyager 1, more than 15 billion miles (24 billion kilometers) away in interstellar space.
Launched in 1977 to study Jupiter and Saturn, Voyager 1 has been exploring interstellar space — the space between star systems — since 2012.
Its twin, Voyager 2, is 12.6 billion miles (20 billion kilometers) away and still working fine.


Finally, in a comprehensible manner, NASA has received a response from Voyager 1.

Last November, the spacecraft that is the furthest away from Earth ceased returning data that could be interpreted. In order to get around the issue, flight controllers rearranged the spacecraft’s coding after determining that the blank communication was caused by a malfunctioning computer chip.

The Jet Propulsion Laboratory of NASA, located in Southern California, announced its success late last week after receiving positive engineering updates. Restoring science data transmission is an ongoing task for the team.

Sending a message across interstellar space to Voyager 1, which is located more than 15 billion miles (24 billion kilometers) away, takes 22 and a half hours. The duration of signal travel is twice that of a round-trip signal.

According to a JPL spokeswoman on Tuesday, contact was never lost and it was more like having a phone call where you can’t hear the person on the other end.

Voyager 1 was launched in 1977 with the goal of studying Jupiter and Saturn. Since 2012, the space between star systems has been the focus of Voyager 1’s exploration. At 12.6 billion miles (20 billion kilometers) away, its identical twin, Voyager 2, is still operational.

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