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NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft is back in action and conducting normal science operations for the first time since the veteran probe began spouting gibberish at the end of 2023.



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... All four of the spacecraft's remaining operational instruments are now returning usable data to Earth, according to NASA.

Some additional work is needed to tidy up the effects of the issue. Engineers need to resynchronize the timekeeping software of Voyager 1's three onboard computers to ensure that commands are executed at the correct times. Maintenance will also be performed on the digital tape recorder, which records some data from the plasma instrument for a six-monthly downlink to Earth.

As the 50th anniversary of Voyager 1's launch rapidly approaches, and with the probe now 15 billion miles (24 billion kilometers) from Earth, restoring functionality is quite an engineering feat. ...

#1 | Posted by LampLighter at 2024-06-15 05:12 PM | Reply

Interesting that it's traveling 45 degrees up and out rather than along the stellar plane.

It's barely 163 of the 2000 AU to where the Oort cloud begins - is it directed toward less density?

#2 | Posted by redlightrobot at 2024-06-15 05:58 PM | Reply

Amazing craftmanship...
Go Voyagers!

#3 | Posted by earthmuse at 2024-06-17 10:30 AM | Reply

@#3 ... Amazing craftmanship... ...


The Voyager 1 mission was planned to be, what, four or five years?

And now it is approaching year 50.

#4 | Posted by LampLighter at 2024-06-17 11:29 AM | Reply

Took a while to convince it that we were its creator.

#5 | Posted by Derek_Wildstar at 2024-06-17 03:03 PM | Reply

Our commitment to littering extends beyond the solar system. That's humanity for ya.

#6 | Posted by snoofy at 2024-06-17 03:10 PM | Reply

Given the amazing record probes and rovers have, it's kind of hard to see manned missions as anything but PR campaigns.
And given the medical issues extended missions will create...

#7 | Posted by northguy3 at 2024-06-17 03:17 PM | Reply

@#7 ... And given the medical issues extended missions will create... ...

Data from all-civilian crew details health effects of space travel

... When pediatric cancer survivor Hayley Arceneaux and a trio of crewmates spent three days in space in 2021 as part of SpaceX's Inspiration4 mission, they made history not only as the first all-civilian team to orbit Earth. They also provided the most in-depth data on record regarding the effects of space travel on the human body.

New research based on this data details changes in the brain, heart, muscles, kidneys and skin, immune regulation and stress levels and a breakdown in the activity of subcellular structures called mitochondria amid the microgravity environment, increased radiation and other factors in space.

More than 95% of the biomarkers tracked in the research returned to preflight levels in the months after the crew returned to Earth, though some abnormalities including in the mitochondria persisted, the researchers said. But the data indicated that spaceflights -- at least short-duration ones -- do not pose significant health risks, they concluded.

"We did not see anything that was worrisome, thankfully," said Chris Mason, a professor of physiology and biophysics at Weill Cornell Medicine in New York who helped lead the research, with studies published on Tuesday in Nature, opens new tab and other journals. "This bodes well for other groups of civilians planning to live and work in space."

"We did see some evidence of brain-associated proteins in the blood after the mission, which we had also seen once before in the Twins Study (a 2019 study based on retired NASA astronauts and twins Scott and Mark Kelly), and we think is evidence of brain stress during the mission," Mason added.

Mason said this might be explained by findings in experimental mice flown to space that experienced disruptions in the blood-brain barrier, a layer of cells protecting the brain. Cognitive function in the Inspiration4 crew, as measured by the University of Pennsylvania's Mathias Basner, was not affected, Mason noted. ...

#8 | Posted by LampLighter at 2024-06-17 07:23 PM | Reply

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