posted on May, 12 2010 @ 05:44 AM
It's highly likely that a 33 year old machine would malfunction. From a software perspective we now have much more resilient operating systems (not
talking about Windows 7 for god's sake, think more like MacOS
) and from a hardware perspective, the processing power doubles almost every 18
months (Moore's law).
So probably even NASA think that they would have been better off sending voyager into space 5-7 years later
Heck, what difference would it make,
it's been there for 33 years and counting.
But when you think of the logical explanations presented so far, such as bit flipping, I'm not sure if they make real sense. The original article
mentions that NASA reprogrammed it to send signals only about Voyager's own status. So it means that it's basic functions are still working
properly. And I can't imagine how a single bit flip or even multipe bit flips would completely scramble the data (sounds more like encryption).
What comes to my mind is the malfunction of it's sensor devices (hardware) thus producing meaningless data. But probably NASA engineers would have
figured out a simple malfunction.
It's usually quite hard to speculate on computer/electronic malfunctions without knowing the system, different components, software it's using etc.
So I'm not saying that the propbability of something more sci-fi (ALIENS!
) going on is higher but such possibilities shouldn't be dismissed with
uninformed scientific speculations.