May 22, 2024

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We finally know why NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft stopped communicating, and scientists are working to solve the problem

We finally know why NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft stopped communicating, and scientists are working to solve the problem

NASA engineers have discovered the cause of a breakdown in communications between Earth and the interstellar space explorer Voyager 1. A small portion of corrupted memory appears to be in one of the spacecraft's computers.

This defect caused Voyager 1 to send unreadable data to Earth, and is located in the NASA spacecraft's Flight Data Subsystem (FDS). This is the system responsible for packaging the probe's science and engineering data before the Telemetry Modulation Unit (TMU) and radio transmitter return it to Mission Control.