Voyager 1 mystery means slow long distance calls for NASA

NASA’s Voyager 1 team is trying to figure out why the spacecraft seems confused about its location in space, but the mission’s distance from Earth makes solving the problem difficult.

The Traveler 1 mission launched in 1977 with a theoretical lifespan of five years. Nearly 45 years and a series of planetary flybys later, the spacecraft is now about 14.5 billion miles (23.3 billion kilometers) from Earth, exploring interstellar space. The spacecraft made countless discoveries, but also suffered a number of anomalies and mysteries. The last of them is unwanted telemetry data sent back to Earth.

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