The Deep Space Network, or DSN, is much more than a collection of big antennas. It is a powerful system for commanding, tracking and monitoring the health and safety of spacecraft at many distant planetary locales. About – Deep Space Network
Voyager 2 fun facts:
Data rates upto 115.2 kilobits at Jupiter.
I huge 64 kilobytes of tape backed storage, and 70 kilobytes program memory.
Built in 1970s – expected to keep transmitting to 2025 (The RTG is now degrading).
A few years ago, backstage at a conference, I spotted a blind woman using her phone. The phone was speaking everything her finger touched on the screen, allowing her to tear through her apps. My jaw hit the floor. After years of practice, she had cranked the voice’s speed so high, I couldn’t understand a word it was saying.
And here’s the kicker: She could do all of this with the screen turned off. Her phone’s battery lasted forever.