Voyager 1, after major malfunction, back from the brink

In an artist illustration provided by NASA, the Voyager 1 spacecraft, in interstellar space. (NASA/JPL-Caltech via The New York Times)

Several months after a grave computer problem seemed to spell the end for Voyager 1, which for nearly a half century had provided data on the outer planets and the far reaches of the solar system, NASA announced Thursday that it had restored the spacecraft to working order.