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Nasa re-establishes contact with Voyager 2 over 11 billion miles from Earth


Earlier this year, Nasa was forced to abandon Voyager 2 as it focused on updating hardware at the ground-based Deep Space Station 43 (DSS43) in Australia.


Crews conduct critical upgrades and repairs to the 70-meter-wide (230-foot-wide) radio antenna Deep Space Station 43 in Canberra, Australia.


(Credits: CSIRO)In 1989, the spacecraft flew over Neptune’s north pole as it made a close flyby, which pushed it southward – and it has been heading in this direction ever since.


Now more than 11.6 billion miles from Earth, the spacecraft is so far south that it doesn’t have a line of sight with radio antennas in the Northern Hemisphere.


DSS43 is the only technology on our planet with a transmitter powerful enough to reach such a distance and it is now receiving science data of interstellar space from the probe.


‘The agency made the decision to conduct these upgrades to ensure that the antenna can continue to be used for current and future missions.’






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