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Nasa has successfully re-established contact with one of its solar observatory spaceships after nearly two years of radio silence.

The spacecraft, Stereo-B, was one of two solar spaceships that were launched by Nasa in 2006, aimed at better understanding the sun.

Nasa lost contact with Stereo-B in 2014, just as it was about to commence orbiting the other side of the sun.

However, contact was re-established on 21 August after the Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatories mission team used Nasa's Deep Space Network DSN , which tracks and communicates with missions in space, to effectively end the 22-month-long radio silence with the spacecraft.

"The DSN established a lock on the Stereo-B downlink carrier at 6.27 pm EDT.

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