HOUSTON — A small, multinational team of astronauts is finding that texting rather than speaking by voice may be the most efficient means of overcoming time delays when communicating with Earth from a deep-space destination. Astronauts aboard the International Space Station, who circle the Earth at an altitude of 260 mi., seldom experience a problem even though their voices are routed through a satellite network to ground controllers. But at distances well beyond — potential ...


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