NASA restores Voyager 1: Months after going dark, spacecraft sends back data on outer planets

NASA restores Voyager 1: Months after going dark, spacecraft sends back data on outer planets



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New Delhi: NASA has been successfully restored Voyager 1 The spacecraft, which has been transmitting data about the outer planets and remote regions of the solar system for nearly fifty years, has been brought back to working condition several months after a serious computer problem occurred.
“The spacecraft has resumed collecting information about interstellar space,” NASA announced, much to the astronauts' relief and delight. space community.
The problem, which surfaced in November, involved the spacecraft's ability to send coherent engineering and science data to Earth. Engineers spent months diagnosing and resolving the problem. The process was particularly challenging because there was a nearly two-day delay in communications with Voyager 1, which is more than 15 billion miles from Earth.
Over the past year, the space community has been concerned about the prospects for the aging spacecraft, with efforts to repair it growing increasingly uncertain.
In February, Voyager mission project manager Suzanne Dodd called the problem “the most serious issue” the probe had faced since she took the helm of the mission in 2010.
Launched in 1977 along with its twin, Voyager 2, Voyager 1 set out on a mission to explore the outer planets. The unique alignment of the planets at the time allowed the probes to visit Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune, taking advantage of each planet's gravity to guide them to the next destination.
After completing its primary mission, Voyager 1 continued its journey toward the edge of the solar system. In 1990, it took the famous “Pale Blue Dot” photograph, showing Earth as a tiny speck in the vastness of space.
In 2012, Voyager 1 became the first man-made body to enter interstellar space. Since then, it, along with its twin Voyager 2, which arrived six years later, has been collecting invaluable data about the heliosphere, the region of space influenced by the Sun.
Each Voyager spacecraft carried a golden phonograph record filled with sounds and images depicting life on Earth, intended for discovery by possible extraterrestrial civilizations.
In April, NASA reported significant progress in restoring Voyager 1, which had begun sending back “usable” data about its engineering systems and health. By the end of last month, they managed to restore the functionality of two of Voyager 1's science instruments, enabling it to continue its mission and send back science data.
On Thursday, NASA revealed that it had fully were reinstalled With the remaining scientific instruments removed, Voyager 1 was returned to normal operations.
Despite this success, Voyager 1's extended mission may be short-lived. NASA had estimated that the nuclear-powered generators on both Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 could expire around 2025. However, Voyager 1's recent accomplishments demonstrate its ability to defy expectations.




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