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NASA sent commands to Voyager 2 for the first time since mid-March. This was a test for the restart of the Deep Space Station 43 radio transmitter and other equipment on the Deep Space Network (DSN), which is one of the oldest antennas NASA has launched to explore deep space.
During the equipment upgrade, the mission team was only able to receive status updates and science data from Voyager 2. But on Oct. 29, the update was completed, and the mission team was able to send commands from the ground again.
DSS 43's equipment update includes two new radio transmission facilities. One of them was finally updated after more than 47 years. With the confirmation of the successful command transmission to Voyager 2, one step toward the antenna's return to full operation, scheduled for February 2021, has been cleared. DSS 43 is located in Canberra, Australia, and has the largest power output in the southern hemisphere. And it is the only DSN facility capable of communicating with Voyager 2, which is about 18.8 billion kilometers from Earth in terms of power and positioning.
This facility is not only responsible for communicating with Voyager 2, but will also play an important role in the operations of the Perseverance rover, which is scheduled to arrive on Mars around February 18, 2021, and in the Artemis mission to the Moon (including the first female astronaut to land on the Moon) and beyond, as well as in the manned exploration of Mars sometime after that. It could be a communication facility that will be of great benefit to space exploration in the coming decades.
Source: NASA JPL
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