Voyager 2 may have been hacked as it entered deep space

NASA's ground-breaking voyager 2 probe is more than 3 decades into its epic journey towards deep space. On April 22nd, 2010 just as the craft prepares to cross the boundary to enter into interstellar space, it malfunctions. As NASA’s planetary scientist, Kevin Baines said:

“Just about 10 billion miles away from the Earth and all of the sudden it starts sending data in the language we don’t understand. It can be called as an alien language”

Someone or something had altered Voyager 2’s communication system. Kevin continued:

“Checking the systems with another data link that they have, they (Voyager 2 team) can tell nothing else is wrong on the spacecraft. It’s just one system”

Later results revealed that a single digit in the binary code of command system on Voyager 2; ‘0’ was flipped to a ‘1’. Flipping of one bit of data suggest that some unknown party intentionally interfered with Voyager 2’s on-board computers.

Binary bit flipping is trick used by several hackers. Bit flipping can actually shut down a computer or even corrupt data. Investigators started to look for the source of possible hack and they first looked at Earth. But as the distance is involved so this makes it highly unlikely.

As we all know that Voyager 2 is carrying a message by humanity into space. The message encoded abroad Voyager 2 is for intelligent civilizations it may encounter. So could bit flipping be a response to our message?

Some researchers say that bit flipping could be an obvious response by Aliens. After 3 weeks of this anomaly researcher were successful in restoring the communication system. But who or what caused the anomaly is still a question. The exact cause of bit flipping still stays unknown.

Was it Alien? Could be.
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  1. It is just electromagnetism causing bit flipping, aka 'bit rot'. The bits are electromagnetic, not physical. This happens all the time in storage systems, but there are error checking algorithms to correct them automatically. Not sure if they have that on the V2.

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  3. Rosemary Lyndall Wemm16 October 2016 at 08:31

    Why *start* with the most unlikely explanation for the bit flip? That is a very illogical and unscientific approach.


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