A computer from the mid 1970s had a glitch. If this was my machine, I’d be doomed, because who supports such old equipment? NASA does! At least, it does for the Voyager spacecraft. Even when the probe is 15 billion miles away, outside our Sun’s influence, traveling through the interstellar medium.
In May, 2022, Voyager 1 began reporting weird, garbled nonsense instead of telemetry data. Luckily, the radio signal from the ship remained strong and steady, which meant the antenna was still pointed at Earth, so NASA got to work. inverse.com
Voyager actually has multiple ancient computers. One croaked years ago, but somehow got switched on again and was corrupting the outgoing data. NASA engineers sent a command to use the correct computer, and proper data is again arriving at Earth. They hope to figure out exactly what caused Voyager to switch computers in the first place, so the problem doesn’t return. Could have been cosmic radiation…
There’s lots more about the decades-long Voyager 1 mission on Wikipedia: click here.