Come and make your own space discoveries at the Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex

Unfortunately, we are now completely booked out for 2017.
We are currently taking bookings for 2018 and beyond. We recommend securing a place with us soon, as we are booking out fast and are taking reservations as far ahead as 2019 at the moment.
Please contact us on our email or via phone (details below).

Education Programs
The Canberra Space Centre (CSC) offers an informative and enjoyable way to learn about the planets and the story of space travel; and how we here on Earth communicate with and benefit from spacecraft exploring our Solar System and beyond.

The CSC is open to the general public and the exhibits and displays offer a self-guided education experience for children and adults. Two theatres continuously screen films on space exploration and the latest science results from deep space.

For Schools
We offer a variety of school education program formats that target the curriculum standards and meet classroom lesson plans in consultation with teachers. Our programs are suitable for primary (Years 3-6) and secondary school (Years 7-12) students.

Please note that we do not provide education programs for Preschool-Year 2 students. Pre-school and K-2 groups wishing to come must book with us to confirm a self-guided program. During these visits, teachers and supervisors can take students through our exhibits or spend time in our two small theatres to learn about the tracking station and our role in deep space missions exploring the Solar System and beyond.

For Year 3-12 students, our free education programs run for 90 minutes. However, we understand that you might have less time available (especially for interstate schools) and can tailor a program to suit. We do recommend though making the 90-minutes available so that we can cover the topics below (or something else you'd like us to concentrate on) and provide extra time for all those great questions your students are likely to ask.

A typical visit for Primary and Secondary school students includes:

A brief introduction on arrival, and an orientation to the Visitor Centre facilities.
Familiarisation with key historical aspects of the Complex, including the story of our 26-metre antenna Deep Space Station 46 (DSS-46). This was the antenna responsible for returning the 'first' pictures of Neil Armstrong walking on the Moon in July 1969.
Introduction to the other antennas, particularly DSS-43, the largest antenna in the Southern Hemisphere.
Overview of the work of the CDSCC and the significant role that Australia plays in space exploration.
Students are given time to look through the Visitor Centre exhibits. Fact sheets are available to collect.
A presentation in our main theatre. We discuss various aspects of exploration and space science and incorporate information on some of the latest missions and images being returned from space.
We include time for questions about exploring space, spacecraft tracking, or take questions on a specific area that you wish to cover as part of your current lesson plan (advance notice of your needs will assist us).
Spare time can include opportunities for your students to explore the Centre further, watch videos, or visit the Moon Rock Café.


Booking an Excursion
We look forward to making your visit as easy and enjoyable as possible. Please note that places fill fast each Term, so your advance booking helps us to ensure that staff are available to guide you through your visit.

Our school programs operate:
February through to the end of November only
Monday to Friday (except during ACT school and on public holidays)
First program starts at 9am
Last group starting at 3pm
• Each session lasts 90-minutes

Best of all your entry to the Canberra Space Centre and its school programs is FREE!

If you have any further questions about visiting the Centre or would like to make a Booking request, please feel free to contact us.
Contact: Korinne McDonnell and Glen Nagle
Office Hours: Monday - Friday between 9am and 4pm.
Canberra Space Centre - PO Box 1035, Tuggeranong ACT 2901
Ph: 02 6201 7809 / 7838 Fax: 02 6201 7975 Email:

Please Note
The CDSCC is not an Observatory with optical telescopes. We do not offer night-time programs. Our work is in two-way robotic spacecraft communication and radio astronomy.

Curiosity Mars Rover

NASA's Mars Sciecne Laboratory Rover called Curiosity has landed on the red planet. NASA and JPL Education have produced an excellent set of teacher and student resources to help you learn more about this incredible mission.

Key Mission Objective:
To assess whether the Martian landing area has ever had or still has environmental conditions favourable to microbial life - in terms of both habitability and preservation.

Mars Rover Curiosity Education

Space School Musical

Join teenager Hannah on a trip through the solar system in this ultra-cool edu-tainment "hip-hopera" that uses song and dance to introduce the planets, moons, asteroids and more. Educators can download the lyrics for students to learn and perform the routines for themselves or just play the videos in class. There are also links for more in-depth activities.

Space is definitely one cool place.

The Story:
Hannah's science project is due tomorrow but her model of the solar system isn't finished and it's past her bedtime. How will she get it done? With a little help from her friends - the most talented troupe in the Milky Way!

JPL Education Site
Space School Musical

Education Links
CSIRO for Teachers
CSIRO for Kids
JPL Education
NASA for Educators
Solar System Education
Education Multimedia
+ NASA Education Office
+ JPL Informal Education
+ Planetary Photojournal

Webmaster: Glen Nagle
Public Relations Office: Glen Nagle / Korinne McDonnell