Space probe “Voyager 1” sends reusable information

This is the first signal Voyager 1 has sent in months. Exploration is the most distant technological object in the universe.

The space probe “Voyager 1” – the most distant human-made object in the universe – sends information to ground control that can be used several months later.

“Voyager 1” is sending “usable data” about the state and condition of technical systems on board, the US space agency NASA said on Monday.

Scientific data should now follow

The next step is to send back scientific data to space probes.

Voyager 1 stopped sending readable data to Earth on November 14, 2023 — although experts can still see the probe still receiving commands. In March, it was discovered that the problem stemmed from a defective chip. The experts then developed a solution suitable for the 46-year-old computer system.

Voyager 1, launched in 1977, became the first spacecraft to penetrate interstellar space in 2012. It is now 24 billion kilometers from Earth. It takes about 22.5 hours for messages from Earth to reach the probe. Voyager 2 also left the solar system in 2018. Both probes have gold plates on board with, among other things, recordings of Earth sounds and messages.

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