NASA Receives Data From “Most Distant” Spacecraft After Five-Month Gap

April 23, 2024

After some inventive sleuthing, the mission team can — for the first time in five months — check the health and status of the most distant human-made object in existence.

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory confirming received readable data from the Voyager 1 spacecraft “For the first time since November on Saturday (NASA/JPL).

Why It Matters: Several months after NASA stopped receivingreadable science and engineering datafrom the Voyager 1 spacecraft, an engineering team was able to begin remotely resolving an issue that occurred with one of the spacecraft’s onboard computers. Now that NASA is receiving data from Voyager 1, engineers will continue to resolve the issue so the spacecraft can resume returning science data to Earth in the coming weeks.

Big Picture: The Voyager 1 probe “and its twin, Voyager 2, are the only spacecraft to ever fly in interstellar space (the space between the stars),” JPL explains. The twin spacecraft were launched into space more than 46 years ago, and remain the “the longest-running and most distant spacecraft in history.” The space probes send scientific data regarding their surroundings to Earth.

Read More: NASA’s Voyager 1 Resumes Sending Engineering Updates to Earth (NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory – California Institute of Technology)

Most distant spacecraft from Earth sends data to NASA for first time in 5 months (CBS News)

Voyager Misson Overview (NASA/JPL)

Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

by Leah Grainery, based in Texas