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originally posted by: MarioOnTheFly
a reply to: 0bserver1
It has been suggested that, after 46 years, the batteries have failed in a manner that allows them to carry charge directly through to the transmitter on 237 MHz, allowing it to start up when it is in sunlight.
Hm...I find it...somewhat unbelievable. Though admittedly...I know jack sh** about satellite technology.
As far as I understand it...it wasnt transmitting for 40 years or it wasnt detected to be transmitting for 40 years ? If it wasnt transmitting at all...the theory would than state that once the degradation of the onboard battery was sever enough...the thing started working again...? or...the thing was circulating and transmitting for 40 years and we're completely unaware of it...and then we ask...were are the aliens...why arent we seeing them ?
The answer is as always...right in front of our eyes.
originally posted by: pianopraze
originally posted by: Thill
originally posted by: ketsuko
We still have whales right? It can only talk to the whales ...
Yep but strangely the dolphins seem to be gone...
Oh, and grab your towel.
originally posted by: MuonToGluon
Most likely that the batteries degraded to a point that the internals made a solid connection, similar to how you would bridge a blown fuse wire with a solid metal rod (I.E Nail), thus it getting direct power from the solar panels when they are lit up, or a small micro-meteorite/s banged into the right area to do the same job, but the former is more likely.
It is pretty cool.
originally posted by: Brotherman
a reply to: MarioOnTheFly
Maybe it got hit by a space rock or piece of space junk and jarred it in such a manner that it started to work again, obviously if you can't fix it with the hammer it's an electrical problem