When Dr. Norman Bergrun mentioned in his book “Ringmakers of Saturn” that a large unidentified flying object is hovering outside the rings of Saturn captured during the Voyager missions, it was deliberately ignored by the scientific community. Surprisingly, NASA scientists were stunned after Voyager 1 sent strange data to Earth far beyond the solar system. ( Click here to read the full article )
Recently, NASA reported that while the spacecraft is still functioning properly, the readings from its Attitude Control and Articulation System (AACS) readings do not appear to match the spacecraft’s motions and orientation, suggesting that the spacecraft is confused about its location in the spacecraft. space. .
Note: The Voyager probes AACS determine the orientation, keeping it pointed towards Earth. The original intention of the designers was to use a new technology called “HYSPACE” (Hybrid Programmable Attitude Control Electronics) for the AACS. HYSPACE combined analog and digital elements and used index register addressing and 4-byte serial architecture. This allowed using the same code for all three AACS axes.
The space agency said: “The team will continue to monitor the signal closely as it continues to determine whether invalid data is coming directly from AACS or another system involved in producing and sending telemetry data. Until the nature of the problem is better understood, the team cannot predict whether it might affect how long the spacecraft can collect and transmit scientific data.”
Voyager-1 is currently 23.3 billion kilometers from Earth, and light takes 20 hours and 33 minutes to travel that gap. That means it takes about two days to send a message to Voyager-1 and get a response — a delay the mission team is well used to.
“A mystery like this is kind of the course at this stage of the Voyager mission,” said Suzanne Dodd, project manager for Voyager-1 and 2 at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California.
“The spacecraft is nearly 45 years old, which is far beyond what mission planners anticipated. We are also in interstellar space – a high-radiation environment that no spacecraft has flown before. So there are some big challenges for the engineering team. But I think if there is a way to solve this problem with AACS, our team will find it.”
The problem did not trigger any onboard fail-safe systems designed to put the spacecraft into “safe mode”, a state in which only essential operations are performed, giving engineers time to diagnose a problem. Voyager-1’s signal has also not weakened, which suggests that the high-gain antenna remains in its prescribed orientation with Earth.
“Until the nature of the problem is better understood, the team cannot predict whether it might affect how long the spacecraft can collect and transmit scientific data,” NASA said. Dodd and her team hope to find out what is driving Earth’s robotic emissary to send unwanted data. “There are some big challenges for the engineering team. But I think if there is a way to solve this problem with AACS, our team will find it.”
Are aliens behind Voyager-1’s mysterious data?
While NASA is trying to solve the mystery, extraterrestrial involvement is a hot topic for conspiracy theorists. In 2010, The Telegraph published an article where a UFO expert from Germany Hartwig Hausdorf claimed that the reason Voyager-2 was sending strange messages that confused scientists was because it had been taken over by extraterrestrial life.
Our crescent Earth and moon in the first photo of its kind ever captured by a spacecraft. Taken on September 18, 1977, 12 million kilometers from Earth.
Voyager 1’s closest approach to Jupiter. Taken February 5, 1979.
NASA claimed that a software problem with the flight data system was the cause, but Hausdorf believed it could be the work of aliens. This is because all other parts of the spacecraft appear to be working fine. Voyager-2 carries a disc with greetings in 55 languages (a golden phonograph disc was attached to each of the Voyagers) in case the spacecraft encounters other life forms.
NASA announced that Voyager-2 had flipped one of its memory bits the wrong way around. “A value in a single memory location has been changed from 0 to 1.” It is not yet known how this single bit was inverted, but scientists believe that the cosmic ray may have caused this interference.
Furthermore, Voyager-2 was on its way out of the Solar system, where the chances of being hit by highly energetic charged particles and damaging computer systems were high. It happened to NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter in 2009 when it put itself into a limited activity mode which is an automated safety response after being hit by a cosmic ray event.
Can alien civilization change the programming of land probes?
In 1948-49, a mathematician, physicist, computer scientist and engineer John von Neumann introduced the world to his idea of “Universal Assemblers”, a kind of self-replicating robots. Von Neumann’s ideas and notes were later compiled into a book entitled “Theory of Self-Reproductive Automata”, published in 1966 (after his death). Over time, this theory would have implications for the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI), with theorists claiming that advanced intelligence must have already deployed such probes.
According to the Berserker hypothesis, we have not heard of any alien civilizations because they were wiped out by killer robots. There is also the possibility that the probes will take the form of “benign lurkers” observing planet Earth from a distance. These probes may have been dispatched from a nearby star system, as they passed close to our Solar System (Benford, 2021a, 2021b). A variant of the “evil lurkers” suggests that extraterrestrials may send armed probes (also known as “berserker probes”) to investigate Earth as a potential threat and destroy it.