THE ROAD TO SPACE - Celebrating 50 Years of NASA's Deep Space Network
NASA Administrator, Mr Charles Bolden and JPL Director, Dr Charles Elachi

Public presentation:
6.00pm start (sharp) to 7.30pm
(arrive from 5.30pm)
QUESTACON, National Science and Technology Centre
King Edward Terrace, Parkes ACT

Bookings essential - FREE Tickets on Eventbrite LINK

To celebrate 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.

They will 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.

The event 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.

NASA's 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.

Without 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.

Today 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.

Come and celebrate the incredible history of this worldwide system that Canberra plays such a vital role in and learn about where we are going next.

You can get updates on this event via CDSCC's Twitter feed: @CanberraDSN
General enquiries via email.

DSN Turns 50 | Celebrating 50 Years

The 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).

NASA Administrator
Mr Charles Bolden

Maj.Gen. Charles Bolden Jr. (USMC-Ret) is a former NASA astronaut and was appointed as the head of NASA by the Obama Administration in 2009.
Full biography

JPL Director
Dr Charles Elachi

Dr Charles Elachi joined JPL in 1970 and has been the principal investigator on a number of key NASA projects. He was appointed as Director of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in 2001.
Full biography

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