BRING YOUR CAMERAS AND QUESTIONS. Expert guides will take you
on close up look at the massive antennas dishes. Photo: CDSCC
REQUIRED - ALL ACTIVITIES & EVENTS ARE FREE!
SPACE OPEN DAY - Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex
AUGUST 2013 - Starts 9am | Closes 5pm
12th July 2013
STOP PRESS! We are pleased to announce that
the 501st Legion of NSW/ACT will be coming to our Space Open
Day. Star Wars fans young and old, meet Storm Troopers, Clone
Troopers and perhaps the Dark Lord himself! Great photo opportunities
for the family.
The Canberra Deep
Space Communication Complex (CDSCC) is opening its doors to the
public for a close-up look at the massive antenna dish complex
located in the quiet, farmland setting of the Tidbinbilla valley,
just outside of Canberra.
You can jump
on a bus tour of the site with expert ..guides to answer all those space-related questions
..you've ever wanted
Take a guided
tour to the main antenna dish - Deep .Space Station 43, the largest antenna
talks and films presented in our Visitor .Centre which is full of space
exhibits and displays
Grab a bite to
eat in the Moon Rock Café
Open Day is a rare opportunity to get a little closer to the
'action' with a behind-the-scenes look at the technology of space
exploration and the discoveries being made in deep space every
Bus tours leave from the visitor centre and take you on a drive
around the Complex for a look at areas that are normally off
limits to the public. The tours are fully guided by staff and
are several stops for close-up looks at some of the antennas,
Deep Space Station
34 - one of our 34-metre beam waveguide dishes
We'll take a
peek at our new antenna under construction - Deep Space Station
Deep Space Station
46 - our 26-metre dish famous for returning the first images
..of astronaut Neil
Armstrong walking on the Moon
your cameras and capture some great views over the beautiful
Tidbinbilla valley which nests the massive white dishes and facilities.
post your pics to Twitter or Facebook and use the hashtag: #SpaceOpenDay
Big Dish Guided
The big dish on the Complex is Deep Space Station 43 (DSS43),
weighing 7.5 million kilograms, 70-metres in diameter and 22
storeys high, it is the largest steerable antenna dish in the
a guided tour of DSS43 as we take small groups down to the dish
for an up close look at this amazing workhorse of space exploration
which in April this year marked 40 years of operation.
will be busy tracking spacecraft throughout the day, so we can't
go climbing, but with hardhats on we'll take you as close as
we can to look up at the sports field sized dish as it communicates
with robotic spacecraft which are hundreds of millions, even
billions of kilometres from Earth.
A popular activity during the Space Open Day is to take a walk
outside the visitor centre in a specially fenced off area which
allows you to talk down towards the main building to stand opposite
DSS43. You can take your time to view to the dish or, on a sunny
day, it's a perfect spot for a picnic and enjoy the view.
Talks - 'Mars:
Curiosity Rover' and 'Apollo: The Canberra Connection'
There will be two talks in the visitor centre during the Space
Open Day. Learn about Curiosity's incredible adventure as it
roams the surface of the planet Mars. Discover the important
role that Australia played in the Apollo missions to the Moon
from someone who was actually there at the controls.
HELP US PROMOTE
THE SPACE OPEN DAY
As part of National Science Week, the 2013
Space Open Day is enjoyed by everyone who visits. The entire
event is free and is a wonderful opportunity to learn about the
important role that Australia plays in the exploration of the
Solar System and beyond.
to see as many people come along as possible, and we're sure
you know lots of people who like to join us on the day. Why not
help us spread by sharing a few links with friends or put up
a poster around your workplace or school.
On Twitter or Facebook:
- use the hashtag #Space
Open Day @CanberraDSN
include the link - shortcut: http://1.usa.gov/12z6Krg
the poster: Large
How to get here
CDSCC is located on Tourist Drive 5 - Discovery Drive, Tidbinbilla
(from the north: off Cotter & Paddy's River Rds; from the
south: across Point Hut Crossing & Tidbinbilla Rd) (approx.
45 mins from city)
See our How
to get there
page for details.
call 02 6201 7838 or 7809
Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex is managed in Australia
by the CSIRO on behalf of NASA's Deep Space Network. CDSCC is
one of three deep space complexes worldwide, the others located
near Madrid (Spain) and Goldstone, California (USA).
MAGNIFICENT VIEWS. The giant antenna dishes sit in the beautiful
Tidbinbilla valley surrounded by farmland. Photo: CDSCC