Voyager 2 spacecraft is now sending back data messages NASA scientists can’t decode.
This is a real mystery! 33 years ago NASA sent Voyager 2 and Voyager 1 on a very long journey. One of it`s purpose was to search for intelligent extraterrestrial life. Voyager 2 launched on August 20, 1977, about two weeks before its twin spacecraft, Voyager 1. The two spacecraft are now the most distant human made objects, out at the edge of the heliosphere. The original goals for the two Voyager spacecraft were to explore Jupiter and Saturn.
When NASA sent the Voyager into space 30 years ago, it contained record albums intended for alien consumption. The tracks included greetings in dozens of languages, including ancient Sumerian, and Gaia help us, there was also a “whale greeting.” There was a track devoted to “Earth sounds,” all which sound totally cool while remaining unrecognizable as particularly Earthly. There was over a dozen music recordings from around the world, all of which are written and mostly performed by men.
It left Earth 33 years ago, and now it’s claimed or seemed that the Voyager 2 spacecraft may have “hijacked by aliens” after sending back data messages NASA scientists can’t decode. NASA installed a 12 inch disk containing music and greetings in 55 languages in case intelligent extraterrestrial life ever found it. But now the spacecraft is sending back what sounds like an answer: Signals in an unknown data format!. The best scientific minds have so far not been able to decipher the strange information is it a secret message?
Alien expert Hartwig Hausdorf said:”It seems almost as if someone had reprogrammed or hijacked the probe thus perhaps we do not yet know the whole truth” Engineers are working to solve the data transmissions from the Voyager 2 spacecraft near the edge of the solar system, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory said today. The first changes in the return of data packets from Voyager 2, which is near the edge of our solar system, appeared on April 22. Mission team members have been working to troubleshoot and resume the regular flow of science data. Because of a planned roll maneuver and moratorium on sending commands, engineers got their first chance to send commands to the spacecraft on April 30. It takes nearly 13 hours for signals to reach the spacecraft and nearly 13 hours for signals to come down to NASA’s Deep Space Network on Earth. But late last month Voyager 2 began sending science data 8.6 billion miles to Earth in a changed format that mission managers not yet have decoded.
Engineers have since instructed Voyager 2 to only transmit data on its own health and status while they work on the problem. Launched in 1977, Voyager 2 and its twin, Voyager 1, explored the giant planets Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune and kept on going. Nearly 33 years later, they are the most distant human made objects. Voyager 1 is 10.5 billion miles from Earth and in about five years is expected to pass through the heliosphere, a bubble the sun creates around the solar system, and enter interstellar space.
According to an article published on May 7, 2010 by AP, Voyager 2 encountered scientific data format problems from April 22, 2010. JPL Engineer are currently trying to troubleshoot the issue. This seemed to be important so the JPL issued a news release about it.
This news report reminds me so much of the movie “Contact” with Jodie Foster from 1997 when they all of a sudden finds a strong signal repeating a sequence of prime numbers, apparently emitting from the star Vega. This signal contained a secret message to earth.