Voyager 2 Has Lost Track of Earth. Only One Antenna in the World Can Help It ‘Phone Home’

An artist concept depicting one of NASA's twin Voyager spacecraft.

In 1977, five years before ET asked to 'phone home,' two robotic spacecraft began their own journey into space space — Voyager 1 and Voyager 2. (Image: NASA via JPL-Caltech)

NASA Contacts Voyager 2 Using Upgraded Deep Space Network Dish

The 70-meter-wide (230-foot-wide) radio antenna Deep Space Station 43 in Canberra, Australia.

Crews conduct critical upgrades and repairs to the 70-meter-wide (230-foot-wide) radio antenna Deep Space Station 43 in Canberra, Australia. In this clip, one of the antenna's white feed cones (which house portions of the antenna receivers) is being moved by a crane. (Image: via CSIRO)

In Decades-Old Voyager 2 Data, One More Secret Is Discovered


Voyager 2 took this image as it approached the planet Uranus on Jan. 14, 1986. The planet’s hazy bluish color is due to the methane in its atmosphere, which absorbs red wavelengths of light. (Image: JPL-Caltech via NASA)

Voyager 2 Reaches Interstellar Space

Vayager 2 about to enter interstellar space.

Voyager 1 has a companion in the realm of the stars. (Image: v via NASA)

Voyager 2 Inching Toward Interstellar Space

Voyager 2 is on the edge of interstellar space.

Voyager 2 is in the outermost layer of the heliosphere on the edge of interstellar space. (Image: NASA / JPL Caltech via

Voyager 2 Could Be Nearing Interstellar Space

This graphic shows the position of the Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 probes relative to the heliosphere, a protective bubble created by the Sun that extends well past the orbit of Pluto. Voyager 1 crossed the heliopause, or the edge of the heliosphere, in 2012. Voyager 2 is still in the heliosheath, or the outermost part of the heliosphere. (Image: via Jet Propulsion Laboratory)