Probes Get Software Updates From 12 Billion Miles Away

NASA’s Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 spacecraft, which were launched 46 years ago to explore space, are receiving updates to ensure their continued functionality. Voyager 1 recently began transmitting corrupted data due to an issue with its attitude articulation and control system (AACS), which has been addressed with a software fix.

While the cause of this diversion remains a mystery, engineers are confident that the update will resolve the issue. Additionally, efforts are being made to prevent residue buildup in the spacecraft’s thrusters by adjusting their maneuvering strategies, potentially extending their operational life for another five years. These updates aim to maintain the spacecraft’s contact with Earth for as long as possible, despite the unexpected challenges encountered in their long mission.