BRING YOUR CAMERAS AND QUESTIONS. Expert guides will take you on close up look at the massive antennas dishes. Photo: CDSCC



NO BOOKINGS REQUIRED - ALL ACTIVITIES & EVENTS ARE FREE!

2013 SPACE OPEN DAY - Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex

SUNDAY, 18th AUGUST 2013 - Starts 9am | Closes 5pm
Friday 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 to ask
Take a guided tour to the main antenna dish - Deep .Space Station 43, the largest antenna in Australia
Enjoy regular 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

The Space 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 day.

Bus Tours
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 volunteers.

There are several stops for close-up looks at some of the antennas, including:

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 35 (drive by)
Deep Space Station 46 - our 26-metre dish famous for returning the first images
..of astronaut Neil Armstrong walking on the Moon

Bring your cameras and capture some great views over the beautiful Tidbinbilla valley which nests the massive white dishes and facilities.

Why not post your pics to Twitter or Facebook and use the hashtag: #SpaceOpenDay @CanberraDSN

Big Dish Guided Tours
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 Southern Hemisphere.

Come on 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.

DSS43 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.

Antenna Walk
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.

We'd love 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

Download the poster: Large 888kb

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.

Further information: call 02 6201 7838 or 7809

The 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


Space Open Day
Held every two years, the Space Open Day is an opportunity to take a behind the scenes look at the NASA complex.

Bus Tours
No bookings required

Inclusion on a bus tours is provided on a first come, first served basis.

Each tour is approximately 35 minutes, and will depart every 20-30 minutes between 10am - 4.30pm. Tours are only being provided during the Space Open Day - Sunday, 18th August, 2013.

Important note on bus tours
Each bus will carrry approximately 20 persons. Two guides will accompany each group.

All persons on tours must must stay with the group and follow all instructions from their guides at all times.
All persons must wear adequate enclosed footwear and sensible attire. Hats and sunglasses are recommended.
Persons with mobility issues or known medical conditions must inform staff prior to joining a tour. As the buses will stop a several locations, persons must be capable of boarding and alighting via the stairs/door.
We recommend that persons in wheelchairs join one of the tours to the main antenna. Joining bus tours will be considered on a case by case basis.


Big Dish Guided Tour
Inclusion on a tour to see the big dish close up is provided on a first come, first served basis.

Each tour is approximately 30 minutes, and will depart at 9am, 11am, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm. Tours are only being provided during the Space Open Day - Sunday, 18th August, 2013.

Important note on guided tours
Limited to 20 persons per tour on a first come, first served basis.

All persons on tours must must stay with the group and follow all instructions from their guides at all times.
All persons must wear adequate enclosed footwear and sensible attire. Hats and sunglasses are recommended.
Persons with mobility issues or known medical conditions must inform staff prior to joining a tour.
As this will be a walking/wheelchair suited tour, persons must be capable of travelling approximately 250 metres to and from the visitor centre/antenna.


Antenna Walk
A special fenced area is set up for those wanting to take a closer look at the big dish but not join a tour.

This is a walking tour only and can be taken at anytime during the Open Day.


Talks - 'Mars' and 'Apollo'
There will be two free talks during the day in the Visitor Centre main theatre.

10:00am - Mars: Curiosity Rover
Learn abou the latest discoveries being made by NASA's Mars rover 'Curiosity' as it marks its first year on the red planet.

1:00pm - Apollo: Canberra Connection
Mr Mike Dinn (former CDSCC Director and Honeysuckle Creek Dep.Dir) will give a talk on the important role that Australia played in the Apollo lunar missions.


Moon Rock Café
The Moon Rock Café will be open all day to cater refreshments and meals from their menu. Prices as indicated.

The Café will also be running a sausage sizzle (who doesn't like that!)

The Moon Rock also has a giftshop which carries a wide cariety of space-related merchandise, including tshirts, hats, videos, books, toys, souvenirs & more.

More information
Tel: 02 6201 7838/7809 or email.

Media
Members of the media interested in covering the event, should contact:
Glen Nagle, CDSCC PR Manager
Tel: 02 6201 7838 (bh) or via email.

Other CDSCC Stories
Nov 2011 - Tweetup Party
April 2012 -
NASA Boss Visits CDSCC
Aug 2012 -
MSL Curiosity Landing
Jan 2013 -
DSS35 Webcams
April 2013 -
DSS43 40th Anniversary
Aug 2013 -
2013 Space Open Day
Sept 2013 -
DSS35 Construction
Nov 2013 - DSS36 Construction

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