Nasa has successfully reestablished full contact with its lost Voyager 2 probe, months earlier than anticipated.
In July, an incorrect command caused the spacecraft, which was sent to explore space in 1977, to change its position and lose contact with Earth. However, an “interstellar shout” – a powerful instruction – helped reorient its antenna back towards Earth.
Mission controllers had to wait 37 hours to determine if the interstellar command had worked, given Voyager 2’s distance of billions of miles from Earth. Using the “highest-power transmitter,” Nasa sent a message to the spacecraft during optimal conditions, aligning the antenna with the command.
Until the recent communication was established, Voyager 2 had been unable to receive commands or transmit data to Nasa’s Deep Space Network.
Back to normal
However, the space agency confirmed that data had been received from the spacecraft, and it is now operating normally.
Nasa expects Voyager 2, equipped with various scientific instruments, to continue its planned trajectory through the universe. The probe is designed to reset its position several times each year to maintain its antenna pointed towards Earth.
Voyager 2, along with its twin Voyager 1, is the only spacecraft to operate beyond the heliosphere, the Sun’s protective bubble of particles and magnetic fields. Voyager 2 flew by Neptune and Uranus, while Voyager 1 has become humanity’s most distant spacecraft, nearly 15 billion miles away from Earth. Both probes are anticipated to continue their journeys through space after running out of power, which is expected sometime after 2025.
Streaming wars: can Apple compete with Spotify?
Spotify’s 2023 Wrapped has dropped prompting listeners to review their top artists, genres, and songs of the year.
Many are taking to social media platforms to share their listening trends with family, friends, coworkers, and even other fans on the internet.
While Apple Music, a rival platform, has its own year-end campaign—it hasn’t quite ignited the same online response.
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What Australia can learn from NZ’s supermarket inquiry
Coles and Woolworths, two of Australia’s largest supermarket chains, are about to face a Senate inquiry that aims to scrutinise their market dominance and business practices.
The inquiry’s parallels with a past New Zealand investigation highlight the growing concern over the duopoly’s impact on consumers and smaller businesses.
The Senate inquiry, set to begin next month, comes as a response to mounting public pressure and allegations of anti-competitive behavior in the grocery sector.
New Zealand example
Similar concerns led New Zealand to conduct its own inquiry into the supermarket industry back in 2019, resulting in recommendations for increased regulation and transparency.
The central question here is whether Coles and Woolworths wield too much power in the Australian market, potentially stifling competition and limiting choices for consumers.
With the New Zealand example as a cautionary tale, many are wondering if this inquiry will result in meaningful changes to the Australian grocery landscape.
Elon Musk: Nikki Haley’s ‘campaign is dead’
Elon Musk has thrown a verbal jab at former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, declaring her political campaign as “dead” on X.
The unexpected comment from the Tesla and SpaceX CEO has ignited a new wave of discussion within the political sphere, leaving many wondering about the implications for Haley’s political future.
In a tweet that garnered significant attention, Musk criticized Haley’s recent policy stance, writing, “Nikki Haley’s campaign is dead on arrival if she continues to ignore the urgency of climate change.
We need leaders who prioritize the planet’s future.” The tech mogul’s remarks come as Haley, a prominent Republican figure, has been exploring the possibility of running for president in the upcoming election cycle.
Musk’s statement has reignited the debate over climate change within the Republican Party, with many conservatives emphasizing economic interests over environmental concerns.
This raises questions about whether Musk’s endorsement or critique could influence the GOP’s stance on climate issues and potentially impact the 2024 presidential race.
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