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Creating an animation short and need orientation info

I'm creating a short film celebrating Voyager 1's progress out of our Solar home. I would like to be as accurate as possible. Question: What is the craft's normal orientation as it travels? Is the ...
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Have solid dish antennas on deep space spacecraft (as opposed to meshes) ever provided any other helpful function? As meteor shields perhaps?

This answer to Which deep space spacecraft had main dish antennas that were perforated or made from mesh? tells the tale: Galileo's troubled high gain antenna was made from "a gold-plated ...
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What's the largest area dish antenna sent beyond the Earth-Moon system?

In the same vein as the question What's the largest aperture telescope sent beyond the Earth-Moon system?, I'd like to ask, what's the largest area antenna dish sent beyond the Earth-Moon system? If ...
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How does this strangely-shaped horn at Honeysuckle Creek Tracking Station work?

After reading the BBC article Australia to create national space agency and clicking around to identify the dish antenna shown in the photo in the article, I came across an image of an interesting ...
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How much power does the Voyager radio dish draw?

I found here and here that Voyager transmits its main radio signal at 23 watts. In other words, the strength of the signal coming from its radio dish is 23 watts. However, what I want to know is how ...
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Can't we use laser transmitters instead of large radio dishes on deep space probes?

Isn't it possible to use a laser as an "antenna" that transmits data? This would save quite a lot of mass since you don't need a large dish. The only problem I can think of is how would you modulate ...
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