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Voyager 1 mystery means slow long-distance calls for NASA

NASA’s Voyager 1 team is trying to work out why the spacecraft appears to be confused about its location in space, but the mission’s distance from Earth makes solving the issue challenging.

The Voyager 1 mission launched in 1977 with a design lifetime of five years. Nearly 45 years and a series of planetary flybys later, the spacecraft is now around 14.5 billion miles (23.3 billion kilometers) from Earth, exploring interstellar space. The spacecraft has made countless discoveries, but has also suffered a number of anomalies and mysteries. The latest of these is junk telemetry data being sent back to Earth.

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