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This Week In Space podcast: Episode 110 — Voyager 1’s Brush with Silence

AstronomyThis Week In Space podcast: Episode 110 — Voyager 1's Brush with Silence

On Episode 110 of This Week In Space, Rod and Tariq talk with Linda Spilker, Voyager project scientist, about the recent rescue of Voyager 1 from beyond the solar system.

The Voyager probes have been transiting space since 1977, and they’re still at it 46 years later. But late in 2023, Voyager 1, now 15 billion miles distant, started sending what the flight controllers called “gibberish” back to Earth — uncoordinated ones and zeros and a heartbeat tone. They knew it was still alive, but something had gone wrong. 

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