Voyager 2’s terrestrial antenna tilts before connecting • The Register

Video The venerable Voyager 2 spacecraft is currently over 12 billion miles from Earth, traveling at 9 miles per second and communicating with NASA’s Deep Space Network (DSN) at an extremely slow 160 bits per second. .

And today, conversation with the probe got a little trickier when the DSN node slated to connect – the Deep Space Communication Complex in Canberra, Australia – found itself in the path of a thunderstorm.

The Twitter feed for this installation revealed that the rain deposited a lot of water in the sub-reflector of DSS43 – the large dish at the Canberra complex.

How do you clear a sub-reflector before chatting with a very, very distant space probe? Easy! You move the dish to spill the water!

The resort also revealed that the best way to wash a dish is to let it rain.

The Canberra Deep Space Communications Complex sits in an idyllic valley just 20 minutes from some of the city’s suburbs. If you’re ever in town, pay a visit: there are plenty of great exhibits, and at either end of the day you have a good chance of spotting kangaroos. The adjacent nature reserve has a beautiful platypus enclosure.

And at the complex itself, you can see the daily communication schedules of the dishes and think about the fate of the many missions followed by the installation. ®

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