by page living scienceThe Voyager 2 probe is currently traveling through interstellar space approximately 19.9 billion kilometers from Earth.
A statement from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory said scientists lost contact with the Voyager 2 probe on July 21.
Reportedly, after engineers sent a series of pre-planned commands, Voyager 2 inadvertently tilted its antennas away from Earth by about 2 degrees.
However, Voyager 2 is programmed to align its antennas several times a year to maintain contact with Earth as it moves away. The next reset is scheduled for October 15, 2023. At that time, NASA hopes to re-establish contact with Voyager 2.
Voyager 2 was launched from Florida in August 1977 to study the planets outside the Solar System, as well as Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune.
Sixteen days later, in September 1977, Voyager 1 was also launched into space.
Both these spacecraft have now left the outer edge of the Solar System since November 2018 and are continuing to explore interstellar space.
Voyager 1 first reached interstellar space in August 2012. Currently this ship is about 23.8 billion km away from our planet. Communication with Voyager 1 is unbroken.
According to NASA, both Voyager spacecraft have enough electrical and fuel power to continue operating until at least 2025.