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Category: Voyagers

Category: Voyagers

NASA temporarily loses contact with one of its most distant spacecraft

Enlarge / An artist’s interpretation of Voyager 2, pointed to transmit data to Earth. (credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech) About a week ago, operators of the Voyager 2 spacecraft sent a series of commands that inadvertently caused the distant probe to point its antenna slightly away from Earth. As a result, NASA has lost contact with the spacecraft, which is nearly half a century old and presently 19.9 billion km away from the planet. For the time being, NASA and the mission’s scientists aren’t panicking. In an update posted Friday, the space agency said Voyager 2 is programmed to reset its orientation several

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