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Sun Feb 9, 2020, 01:11 AM

NASA brings Voyager 2 fully back online, 11.5 billion miles from Earth

In an incredible feat of remote engineering, NASA has fixed one of the most intrepid explorers in human history. Voyager 2, currently some 11.5 billion miles from Earth, is back online and resuming its mission to collect scientific data on the solar system and the interstellar space beyond.

On Wednesday, February 5 at 10:00 p.m. Eastern, NASA's Voyager Twitter account gave out the good news: Voyager 2 is not only stable, but is back at its critical science mission.

"My twin is back to taking science data, and the team at @NASAJPL is evaluating the health of the instruments after their brief shutoff," the account tweeted.

Voyager 2 is sister craft to Voyager 1. Both have been traveling through the solar system and now beyond it for the last four decades. Together, they have transformed our understanding of our stellar neighborhood and are already revealing unprecedented information about the interstellar space beyond the Sun's sphere of influence.

https://www.inverse.com/science/nasa-brings-voyager-2-fully-back-online-11.5-billion-miles-from-earth?utm_campaign=inverse&utm_content=1581096657&utm_medium=owned&utm_source=facebook


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Reply NASA brings Voyager 2 fully back online, 11.5 billion miles from Earth (Original post)
Tom Yossarian Joad Feb 2020 OP
CentralMass Feb 2020 #1
RGinNJ Feb 2020 #2
PJMcK Feb 2020 #6
Rhiannon12866 Feb 2020 #3
Dem2theMax Feb 2020 #4
Skittles Feb 2020 #5
yonder Feb 2020 #7
murielm99 Feb 2020 #8
Tom Yossarian Joad Feb 2020 #14
murielm99 Feb 2020 #16
Tom Yossarian Joad Feb 2020 #17
hedda_foil Feb 2020 #23
videohead5 Feb 2020 #9
eppur_se_muova Feb 2020 #15
videohead5 Feb 2020 #19
burrowowl Feb 2020 #10
Coventina Feb 2020 #11
kairos12 Feb 2020 #12
Sneederbunk Feb 2020 #13
Fla Dem Feb 2020 #18
Wounded Bear Feb 2020 #20
Fla Dem Feb 2020 #21
KY_EnviroGuy Feb 2020 #25
sakabatou Feb 2020 #22
KY_EnviroGuy Feb 2020 #24
walkingman Feb 2020 #26

Response to Tom Yossarian Joad (Original post)

Sun Feb 9, 2020, 01:14 AM

1. Amazing.

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Response to Tom Yossarian Joad (Original post)

Sun Feb 9, 2020, 01:28 AM

2. YEA science

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Response to RGinNJ (Reply #2)

Sun Feb 9, 2020, 02:00 AM

6. Have a heart!

Since you're right!

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Response to Tom Yossarian Joad (Original post)

Sun Feb 9, 2020, 01:37 AM

3. K&R! Excellent news!

Twitter reply:


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Response to Tom Yossarian Joad (Original post)

Sun Feb 9, 2020, 01:39 AM

4. That is wonderful news.

The science NASA has been able to do over the years is incredible.

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Response to Tom Yossarian Joad (Original post)

Sun Feb 9, 2020, 01:45 AM

5. freaking nerds

LOVE them

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Response to Tom Yossarian Joad (Original post)

Sun Feb 9, 2020, 02:42 AM

7. Cool. Good to hear. 40some year old technology too.

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Response to Tom Yossarian Joad (Original post)

Sun Feb 9, 2020, 03:40 AM

8. V'ger!

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Response to murielm99 (Reply #8)

Sun Feb 9, 2020, 10:40 AM

14. Are we showing our age by knowing this?

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Response to Tom Yossarian Joad (Reply #14)

Sun Feb 9, 2020, 10:53 AM

16. Yes.

But who cares?

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Response to murielm99 (Reply #16)

Sun Feb 9, 2020, 11:04 AM

17. LOL! +1

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Response to murielm99 (Reply #8)

Sun Feb 9, 2020, 11:03 PM

23. Count me in. She will always be V'ger to me!

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Response to Tom Yossarian Joad (Original post)

Sun Feb 9, 2020, 04:02 AM

9. How in the world?

Are the batteries still working after this long?

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Response to eppur_se_muova (Reply #15)

Sun Feb 9, 2020, 01:02 PM

19. I read that after

I posted this. It has generators not batteries.

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Response to Tom Yossarian Joad (Original post)

Sun Feb 9, 2020, 04:08 AM

10. Fantastic!

The Voyagers have been wonderful sending back pictures and data. I remember when they were launched.

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Response to Tom Yossarian Joad (Original post)

Sun Feb 9, 2020, 08:40 AM

11. Incredible!

WTG!!

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Response to Tom Yossarian Joad (Original post)

Sun Feb 9, 2020, 08:55 AM

12. Spectacular!

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Response to Tom Yossarian Joad (Original post)

Sun Feb 9, 2020, 09:05 AM

13. No truth to the conspiracy theory that Voyager 2 is actually in a garage in Encino.

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Response to Tom Yossarian Joad (Original post)

Sun Feb 9, 2020, 11:43 AM

18. 11.5 Billion Miles!!!! That is freaking far! So if NASA sends a signal, how long does it take to

reach Voyager 2?

11.5 Billion. Just as a reference, it's estimated from our Sun to pluto the distance is 7.4 billion miles.

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Response to Fla Dem (Reply #18)

Sun Feb 9, 2020, 04:06 PM

20. I get about 17.14 hours...

on my handy/dandy calculator app.

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Response to Wounded Bear (Reply #20)

Sun Feb 9, 2020, 06:03 PM

21. Seriously. I thought it would be days.

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Response to Fla Dem (Reply #18)

Mon Feb 10, 2020, 05:35 AM

25. See the link to DSN, below. Gives you the times and distance in real-time.

Just click on VGR1 or VGR2 to see the data.

KY...............

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Response to Tom Yossarian Joad (Original post)

Sun Feb 9, 2020, 06:52 PM

22. How long did it take to get the signal back from Voyager?

Nevermind found the answer: about 20.5 light-hours

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Response to Tom Yossarian Joad (Original post)

Mon Feb 10, 2020, 05:32 AM

24. NASA web site to monitor their progress and signals....

Deep Space Network

Link: https://eyes.nasa.gov/dsn/dsn.html

Find and click on "VGR1" or "VGR2" to see details. Note that if the shading of the antenna symbol is very light, the satellite is currently out of view.

Current data:
SPACECRAFT NAME: Voyager 1
RANGE: 22.23 billion km
ROUND-TRIP LIGHT TIME: 1.72 days
ANTENNA NAME: DSS 14
AZIMUTH: 84.62 deg
ELEVATION: 13.52 deg
WIND SPEED: 36.42 km/hr

DATA
DATA RATE: 160.00 b/sec
FREQUENCY: 8.42 GHz
POWER RECEIVED: -156.26 dBm (2.36 x 10-22 kW)


SPACECRAFT NAME: Voyager 2
RANGE: 18.51 billion km
ROUND-TRIP LIGHT TIME: 1.43 days
ANTENNA NAME: DSS 43
AZIMUTH: 199.78 deg
ELEVATION: 8.94 deg
WIND SPEED: 15.43 km/hr

DATA
DATA RATE: 159.00 b/sec
FREQUENCY: 8.42 GHz
POWER RECEIVED: -156.13 dBm (2.44 x 10-22 kW)


See, us engineers ain't all bad....... .........

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Response to Tom Yossarian Joad (Original post)

Mon Feb 10, 2020, 07:14 AM

26. So very Cool - we gotta hope there is a smarter species somewhere that can get us out of this mess.

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