ROAD TO SPACE - Celebrating 50 Years of NASA's Deep Space Network
Mr Charles Bolden and JPL Director, Dr Charles Elachi
WEDNESDAY, 19th MARCH 2014
6.00pm start (sharp) to 7.30pm (arrive from 5.30pm)
QUESTACON, National Science and Technology Centre
King Edward Terrace, Parkes ACT
- FREE Tickets on Eventbrite LINK
the 50th anniversary of NASA's Deep Space Network (DSN), we are
pleased to announce a special presentation by the head of NASA
and former Space Shuttle astronaut, Mr Charles Bolden, and the
Director of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), Dr Charles Elachi.
be speaking on the 50 year history of the Deep Space Network
and look toward the future and where we are going in space. This
special event is your chance to hear from these two leading figures
of space exploration and an opportunity to ask them questions
about our future in the cosmos.
will be held at the Questacon, National Science and Technology
Centre and is being organised by the CSIRO and the Canberra Deep
Space Communication Complex. Seating at this event is limited
and bookings are essential. Free tickets are available at Eventbrite.
Deep Space Network provides the vital two-way communication link
between Earth-bound scientists and robotic missions exploring
the Solar System and beyond. Established on 24th December, 1963,
the DSN is a world-wide network of communication antenna dishes
that relay commands to spacecraft and return huge volumes of
data and images from spacecraft flying-by, orbiting and on the
surface of distant celestial bodies across our solar system.
the three stations of the Deep Space Network - Canberra, Spain
and California - and their unique capabilities, none of the amazing
missions to the Sun, planets, moons, asteroids and comets could
have taken place.
there are over 30 robotic missions exploring these distant worlds
and humans now living as permanent residents on the International
Space Station. Dozens of countries are now sending probes to
encounter places that were once only thought of in the imagination
and are now being seen as real places. It doesn't stop there
though with new ambitious missions to the Moon, Mars and beyond
in the planning right now. Over the next decade the pace of exploration
is going to dramatically increase and the DSN will continue to
be a vital part of its success.
celebrate the incredible history of this worldwide system that
Canberra plays such a vital role in and learn about where we
are going next.
get updates on this event via CDSCC's Twitter feed: @CanberraDSN
DSN Turns 50 | Celebrating
Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex is managed in Australia
by the CSIRO on behalf of NASA's Deep Space Network. It is one
of three stations worldwide, the others located near Madrid (Spain)
and Goldstone, California (USA).