NASA has praised its Voyager 2 probe into intracellular space for the first time in just over seven months.
On Thursday (October 29), Voyager 2’s handlers using a radio space antenna at Deep Space Station 43 (DSS 43) in Canberra, Australia, accepted a set of test commands from the spacecraft. Voyager 2 In an update at noon on Monday (November 2), NASA officials said it had registered the instructions and confirmed that they had been accidentally executed.
Commands first went to NASA Voyager 2 in mid-March between 230 feet wide (March0 m) DSS 43 Went offline for repairs and upgrades. Ongoing maintenance work is extensive, including, among other things, the addition of two new radio transmitters, one used to communicate with Voyager 2.
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That particular transmitter has not been replaced in more than 47 years, NASA officials said.
“Brand Arnold,” Brad Arnold, “Brand Arnold,” Brand Arnold, “Brand Arnold,” Brand Arnold, “Brand Arnold,” Brand Arnold NASA Jet Propulsion Lab in Southern California In the update on Monday.
“This experimental interaction with Voyager 2 certainly tells us that things are on track with the work we’re doing,” said Arnold, NASA’s project director. Deep space network (DSN)
Officials say the work will benefit communications through a wide range of NASA spacecraft communications, which are scheduled to be rolled out in February 2021.
DSN is three separate, fairly consistent locales – a network of radio food in Canberra; Madrid, Spain; And Goldstone, California – which NASA uses to communicate with its distant spacecraft. The Canberra site has three small meals that can get the spacecraft relay together, so the Voyager 2 team has been able to keep the TST at bay even though the DSS 43 work prevented them from sending the command.
Using DSN gear in Spain and California, Voyager 2 is not to be underestimated: the spacecraft is moving lower than the plane of Earth’s orbit and can only be reached from the Southern Hemisphere.
Voyager 2 and its twins, Voyager d, Was launched a few weeks apart in 1977 to conduct an epic “Grand Tour” of the solar system’s giant planets. Two probes have accomplished this unprecedented task; Voyager 1 flew by Jupiter and Saturn, and Voyager 2 had close encounters with Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. (Neptune Flyby, which included an intimate description of Triton, the planet’s largest moon, sent Voyager the headline “South” to the south.)
And then the Voyagers began to fly. Voyager entered interstellar space on August 1, 2012, becoming the first man-made object of all time. Voyager 2 The lawsuit was filed in late 2018.
Both spacecraft are still running strong, giving scientists their first up-close look at the interstellar medium, which is a vast expanse of deep space beyond the Sun’s sphere of influence. Nuclear-powered Voyagers are giving less juice, but members of the mission team have turned off several devices at the probe over the past few years to maximize their operated lives. There should be enough power to hold both spacecraft Collecting data through 2024Mission team members said.
Voyager 1 is currently about 14.1 billion miles (22.7 billion kilometers) from Earth, and Voyager 2 is 11.7 billion miles (16.6 billion kilometers) from us. Therefore it takes 21 hours from mission control to go to Voyager 1 and so on About 17.5 hours Arrive at Voyager 2.
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