Voyager 1 spacecraft sends strange signals back to Earth
In the dark depths of the solar system, Voyager spaceships still work!
Launched in 1977, the twin spacecraft point in opposite directions in our solar system and are the most distant man-made objects in space.
A one-way signal sent to Voyager 1 takes about 21.5 hours to get there.
More simplistically, the distance these signals travel is about 14 billion kilometers from Earth.
The story of the Voyager spacecraft is revealed here.
The journey from Earth to deep space was a series of gravity assists to help propel the spacecraft toward its final mission in deep space.
Something strange is now happening with the Voyager 1 spacecraft!
Voyager 1 emerged from the sun’s solar wind heliopause in 2012 and is now in true deep space. The spacecraft sends erroneous number sequences from the instrument that keeps the main antenna pointed at Earth.
Voyager 1 is still in the Sun’s gravity, but is something causing the bad data?
What could it be?
The main theory of what the culprit could be is circuit failure with the on-board electronics. Or could it be effects on the spacecraft of cosmic radiation from this unknown part of the outer solar system?
If the electronics were to fail, the machine would send us fault detection signals, but that is not what is happening.
Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 were sent on a similar path, but after reaching Saturn they each took a different path through the solar system.
Voyager 2 still works great and a signal to reach it takes almost 18 hours one way.
Here are the exact locations of each spacecraft in the night sky and live data on its position:
After Voyager mission information.
There’s a really interesting connection to “Star Trek: The Motion Picture,” in which the Hollywood Voyager 6 is known as the “VGER” power source.
here is the video of this cinematic event.
So much has been learned with the large unmanned spacecraft that have been launched into space. They render a great service in a way that humans currently cannot and here is a list of the many unmanned spacecraft that have been launched into space.
Voyager 1 and 2 had a special disc or old-fashioned LP on board; there is also music from the late great chuck berry.
And finally, here is a list of future unmanned spacecraft.
If you’ve ever wondered what the space sounds of Voyager 1 sound like, listen up here.
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