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NASA Working to Regain Contact with Voyager spacecraft

Washington, Aug 2 (Prensa Latina) NASA is currently trying to reconnect with Voyager 2 after losing contact with the spacecraft. In a recent mishap, flight controllers accidentally sent a wrong command that caused the spacecraft’s antenna to tilt away from Earth, resulting in a loss of communication.

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory said Tuesday that a series of ground antennas, part of the Deep Space Network, had registered a carrier signal from Voyager 2 on Tuesday.

NASA said it lost contact with Voyager 2, which is traveling 12.3 billion miles away from Earth, on Friday after “a series of planned commands” inadvertently caused the craft to turn its antenna 2 degrees away from the direction of its home planet.

Voyager 2’s next reboot will occur on October 15, which should allow communication to resume, while Voyager 1 is operating normally, NASA’s experts pointed out.