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    We finally know why NASA’s Voyager 1 spacecraft stopped communicating — scientists are working on a fix

    NASA engineers have discovered the cause of a communications breakdown between Earth and the interstellar explorer Voyager 1. It would appear that a small portion of corrupted memory exists in one of the spacecraft’s computers. 

    The glitch caused Voyager 1 to send unreadable data back to Earth, and is found in the NASA spacecraft’s flight data subsystem (FDS). That’s the system responsible for packaging the probe’s science and engineering data before the telemetry modulation unit (TMU) and radio transmitter send it back to mission control. 



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