In the news: “NASA restores contact with Voyager 2 spacecraft after mistake led to weeks of silence”
From the article:
“Hurtling ever deeper into interstellar space billions of miles away, Voyager 2 stopped communicating two weeks ago. Controllers sent the wrong command to the 46-year-old spacecraft and tilted its antenna away from Earth.”
NASA was able to restore the connection by sending a new command. But it sounded like they weren’t certain that was going to work.
I haven’t found any details about how or why the wrong command was sent. I hope NASA focuses on learning from the mistake instead of punishing the controller(s) for human error.