Voyager 2, which has been journeying deeper into interstellar space, the region beyond the Solar System, has been out of touch for over a week due to an inadvertent command that caused its antenna to tilt away from Earth.

This minor error, a mere 2% shift in the antenna's orientation, has resulted in a complete communication blackout with the spacecraft, currently located more than 1219 billion kilometers away from Earth.

The command, sent by flight controllers, was intended to maintain regular operations.

However, it inadvertently caused the spacecraft's antenna to deviate from its alignment with Earth.

Nasa's Deep Space Network, a global array of giant radio antennas designed to communicate with distant space missions, is now on high alert.

Its massive dish antenna in Canberra, Australia, is diligently scanning the cosmos for any signals from the wayward Voyager 2.

Given the spacecraft's enormous distance, any signal it sends takes over 18 hours to reach Earth.

In an attempt to rectify the situation, the Canberra antenna will transmit the correct command towards Voyager 2's estimated location in the coming week.

This effort, akin to finding a needle in a cosmic haystack, is considered a long shot but represents Nasa's best hope of reestablishing contact sooner rather than later.

If this attempt fails, Nasa will have to wait until October for an automatic reset programmed into the spacecraft's systems.

This reset is designed to realign the antenna towards Earth, potentially restoring communication.

However, this means several months of silence from Voyager 2, during which time the spacecraft will continue its trajectory through the cosmos, unguided and unmonitored.

Graphic showing the Voyager probe in space.

Launched in 1977, Voyager 2's mission was to explore the outer planets of our solar system.

It was launched just weeks ahead of its twin, Voyager 1, which remains in contact with Earth and holds the record as humanity's most distant spacecraft at nearly 15 billion miles away.

Travelling at a speed of 55,345 kilometers per hour, the spacecraft's mission was recently extended till 2026, in a bid to keep the science instruments turned on for a few more years.

The spacecraft's power supply has been diminishing after being in space for over 45 years as it continues to travel deep into interstellar space.

This intrepid spacecraft is part of the iconic Voyager program, tasked with studying the outer planets and beyond.

Voyager 2 has achieved numerous milestones, conducting flybys of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune, providing unprecedented insights into these distant worlds.

Beyond the solar system's boundary, Voyager 2 continues its mission to this day, serving as humanity's farthest-reaching emissary, transmitting invaluable data about interstellar space.