NASA’s Voyager 1 probe in interstellar space can’t phone home (again) due to glitch

NASA’s Voyager 1 probe is currently unable to transmit any scientific or systems data back to Earth. The 46-year-old spacecraft is capable of receiving commands, but a problem seems to have arisen with the probe’s computers.

Voyager 1’s flight data system (FDS), which collects onboard engineering information and data from the spacecraft’s scientific instruments, is no longer communicating as expected with the probe’s telecommunications unit (TMU), according to a NASA blog post on Dec. 12.