Voyager 2 Loses Ground Communication With NASA
NASA's Voyager 2 lost communication after an accidental wrong command tilted its antenna away from Earth over a week ago, leaving it out of touch.
The spacecraft’s antenna shifted a mere 2%, but it was enough to cut communications.
The Voyager 2 is the only spacecraft to have ever visited Uranus and Neptune.
Voyager 2 is at approximately 12.4 billion miles from Earth in interstellar space, is unable to communicate with NASA's Deep Space Network ground antennas due to the glitch.
Voyager 2 was launched from Florida in 1977 to study the outer solar system as well as Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune and is one the farthest human-made objects in space.
After flight control accidentally pointed Voyager 2's antenna away from Earth, a dish in Australia was deployed to search for interstellar spacecraft signals.
Voyager 2 is designed to reset its orientation multiple times yearly to maintain its antenna aimed at Earth. The next reset on Oct. 15 is expected to restore communication.