The Voyager 2 spacecraft is about to go silent.
The spacecraft was launched over 40 years ago and it is NASA’s longest-running space mission. For decades it has ventured out to the boundaries of our Solar System.
But very soon we will not get any reports from it for a while.
NASA has announced that the only antenna on Earth that can communicate with Voyager 2 spacecraft – is going silent, and not for a short time.
Deep Space Station 43 is a giant dish, located in Australia, and roughly the size of a 20-storey office building. It requires critical upgrades.
For approximately 11 months – until the end of January 2021, when the repairs are expected to be complete – Voyager 2 will be totally alone.