Monday, October 13, 2008

Space exploration

This  is Deep Space Station 43, a 70 metre radio telescope, located at the Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex at Tidbinbilla about 45 km from the city. This antenna is one of a series of large antennas that enable NASA to communicate with and receive signals from distant space craft exploring our Solar System.

The complex also houses Australia's largest permanent collection of memorabilia and hardware used in the exploration of space; all very interesting.


babooshka said...

Reminds me of the film Dish, which in trun was interesting and funny. raet historical image.

Gordon said...

Babooshka - Yes, I straightaway thought of that film too. The film was made at Parkes, but the first feed came from Honeysuckle Creek, near Canberra. The satellite dish from there has been relocated to Tidbinbilla.