Deep Space Network - NOW
NASA and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory have released a fantastic website (also available to smart phones) where you can see a 'live' feed from each of the Deep Space Network (DSN) stations and discover exactly what each antenna is up to and what spacecraft they are communicating with.

Called DSN-NOW, the website offers lots of data about the link between Earth and the spacecraft exploring the Solar System and beyond.

Take a look at the website and see whether we are transmitting or receiving, signal strengths, transmission power, spacecraft distance and a whole lot more. Enjoy DSN-NOW.

Tracking Schedule
Each day the antennas are directed to receive or transmit data to any number of robotic spacecraft exploring our Solar System and beyond. This schedule is worked out months and sometimes years in advance by the mission controllers at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California USA.

At various times in the schedule, time is set aside for antenna calibration, maintenance, or engineering development tasks. Time is also set aside for radio astronomy projects and mission training simulations.

Below is the general antenna tracking schedule for the next few weeks, showing the spacecraft being tracked each day. A list of links to each mission is provided at right.

DSS-34 (34-metre) DSS-43 (70-metre) DSS-45 (34-metre)
March 2014
Wed 26. VGR2/GTL
ACE/CLU4/MarsO
MarsO/MRO/VGR2/MSGR
VGR2/CLU1/MarsO/MRO
MarsO/MRO/CLU2
LADE/SOHO/CLU2/MOM
Thu 27. MEX/MarsO/GTL
LADE/SOHO/MOM
MarsO/MRO
GBRA/CAS
MVN/VGR2
GTL/MarsO/MRO
Fri 28. MarsO/DAWN/MSGR
SOHO/MER1
CAS/VGR2
GBRA/MarsO/MRO
MarsO/MRO/MEX
LADE/GTL/MRO
Sat 29. MarsO/CLU3/CLU4
LADE/CAS
MarsO/MRO/CLU1
VGR2
MVN/STA/MSGR
SOHO/ACE/CHDR
Sun 30. CAS/LADE
DSN
MarsO/MRO/MEX
VGR2/THC/MOM
MER1/MarsO/GTL
MSGR/SOHO/MarsO/MRO
Mon 31. LADE/MOM MEX/MarsO/MRO
VGR2/MRO
MarsO/MRO/GTL
WIND/MSGR/SOHO/DAWN
April 2014
Tue 1. MVN/VGR2
LADE/MRO
MRO/MarsO
THC/GBRA
DAWN/GTL
SOHO/MarsO/MEX
Wed 2. MRO/MarsO
JNO
VGR1/VGR2
THB/THC/CLU2/MarsO
MarsO/MER1/MRO/SOHO
MSGR/LADE/CLU1/MRO
Thu 3. MVN/VGR2
CLU3/CLU4/MOM
MarsO/MER1/MRO
CLU2
MRO/ROSE
LADE/MarsO
Fri 4. MRO/MER1/GTL
SOHO/MOM/MEX/MarsO
VGR2/GBRA
CLU4/MarsO/MRO
MarsO/DAWN/CHDR
LADE/CLU1
Sat 5. MEX/MarsO/GTL/MSGR
LADE/MarsO
MarsO/MRO/VGR2
STF/THC/MEX
MER1/VGR2/ACE
GTL/SOHO/MRO
Sun 6. MarsO/ROSE/WIND
SOHO/MOM/MarsO
MEX/VGR2/STA
MVN/CAS
MRO/MER1/CLU2/MSGR
ACE/LADE/MEX/MRO
Mon 7. MarsO/VGR2/STB
MOM/MRO
CAS/STB
VGR2/THB
MarsO/MEX/MER1/GTL
SOHO/CLU4/LADE/MarsO
Tue 8. MRO/MER1/VGR2
STB/MOM/GTL
DAWN/NHPC
GTL/MarsO/CAS
MarsO/MSGR
SOHO/LADE
Wed 9. MarsO/MRO/GTL
CLU3/CLU4/THC/MOM
CAS/VGR2/CLU1
MarsO/MRO
MRO/VGR2/WIND
SOHO/LADE/MVN
Thu 10. MOM/VGR2/SOHO
JNO/MarsO/MRO
MArsO/MRO/VGR2
MSGR/STF/MOM/VGR1
MVN/GTL
ACE/LADE
Fri 11. MarsO/MRO/GTL
MOM/LADE
VGR11
THC/CAS
DAWN/VGR2
SOHO/MarsO/MRO
Sat 12. LADE/VGR2/STA
MSL/MarsO/MRO
CAS/VGR1/MSGR
GBRA/MOM/VGR2
MarsO/MRO/CLU1
SOHO/ACE/LADE
Sun 13. MarsO/MRO/CLU3/CLU4
CLU1/MSGR/GTL/MOM/LRO
VGR2/CLU1/CLU2/VGR2
MRO/MSL/MEX
MarsO/CLU2/CLU4
SOHO/THB/LADE
Mon 14. MRO/MarsO/VGR2
SOHO/MOM/LADE
MEX/VGR2
GBRA/THB/MSL/MRO
LADE/MRO/WIND
CLU1/CHDR/MarsO/MRO
Tue 15. LADE/MSGR
KEPL/LRO
MRO/MarsO/GTL
Maintenance
MarsO/MRO/VGR2
SOHO/THB/LADE
Wed 16. MarsO/MRO/VGR2
KELP/LADE
Maintenance LADE/VGR2
SOHO/MSL/MRO
Thu 17. LADE/VGR2/SOHO
MOM/LADE
Maintenance
MarsO/MRO
MSL/MRO/MarsO/VGR2
THC/MSL
Fri 18. LADE/ACE/STA
THB/LADE
MarsO/MRO/VGR2
KEPL/MRO/MEX/MarsO
MSL/DAWN/MSGR
SOHO/MarsO/MSL
Sat 19. LADE/STB
MSL
MRO/MarsO/STA
VGR2/MVN/MarsO/MRO
MarsO/MSL/VGR2
MSGR/ACE/MarsO
Sun 20. MSL/VGR2/WIND/GTL
SOHO/CLU4/MOM
MarsO/MRO/VGR2
STB/MRO/MarsO
MarsO/LADE/MSGR
CLU1/MRO/MarsO
Mon 21. LADE/SOHO/MOM
MarsO
MarsO/MSL/VGR2
KEPL/VGR2
MarsO/VGR2/CLU4
STB/MRO
Tue 22. MarsO/MSL/CLU3/CLU4
VGR2/GTL/ACE/MRO/MarsO
VGR2/NHPC/GTL
GBRA/CLU1/VGR2
MarsO/CLU1/LADE
SOHO/CLU2/VGR2
Wed 23. MarsO/MRO/MSL/GTL
MRO/MarsO
VGR2/VGR1
MRO/VGR2
VGR2/WIND/GTL
MSGR/MOM/MarsO
Thu 24. MRO/MarsO/MSL/CLU1
SOHO/MOM/GTL/MarsO
VGR2/CLU1/VGR1/STB
STA/MarsO/MRO
VGR2/MEX/MarsO
VGR2
Fri 25. MarsO/GTL/THC
SOHO/MarsO/MRO
MarsO/MRO/MSL/VGR2
MRO/VGR2
VGR2/ACE
MarsO
Sat 26. MRO/GTL/CLU1
SOHO/MOM
VGR2/STA/VGR2
MarsO/MRO
MarsO/VGR2
MSGR/MarsO
Sun 27. VGR2/WIND/SOHO
MOM
MarsO/MRO/VGR2
MRO
MarsO/GTL/THB
MSGR/MRO/MarsO
Mon 28. CAS/ACE/GTL
THB/MOM/MarsO
VGR2/VGR1
STB/KEPL/VGR2
MarsO/MRO/VGR2
SOHO/MRO/MarsO
Tue 29. MarsO/MRO/CLU4
SOHO/CLU4/CAS
VGR2/CLU2
CLU1/MRO/MarsO
MRO/VGR2
DAWN
Wed 30. CAS/VGR2/MSGR
MOM/MarsO/VGR2
MarsO/MRO/VGR1/STA
STB/KEPL/VGR2
GTL/VGR2/GTL
THB/JNO/MarsO/MRO
May 2014
Thu 1. VGR2
THC/CAS
VGR1/STA/STB
MRO/MER1/VGR2
MarsO/MRO/GTL/VGR2
MSGR/MRO/MarsO
Fri 2. CAS/SOHO
MER1/MarsO
VGR2/VGR1/GTL
THB/MarsO/MRO
MarsO/MRO/VGR2
Sat 3. MarsO/CLU1/ACE
SOHO/MER1/MarsO/MRO
MarsO/MRO/GTL
GBRA/CAS
VGR2/MSGR
MRO
Sun 4. MarsO/MRO/CLU2/GTL/ACE
CLU3-4/MOM/MarsO/MER1
CAS/CLU1/VGR2
CLU2/GTL/MVN/CAS
VGR2/CLU4/WIND
MSGR/MRO/MarsO

ACE Advanced Composition Explorer


CAS Cassini - Orbiting Saturn
CHDR Chandra X-ray Space Telescope
CLU Cluster 1-2-3-4: Earth's Magnetosphere
DAWN Mission to Vesta and Ceres
DSN Deep Space Network activities
GBRA Ground-Based Radio Astronomy
GTL Geotail: Studying Earth's Magnetic Field
JNO Jupiter Mission
KEPL Kepler Space Telescope
LADE LADEE lunar mission
LRO Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter
MarsO Mars Odyssey
MVN MAVEN: Mars Orbiter mission
MER 1 Mars Rover: Opportunity(1)
MOM Mars Orbiter Mission (India)
MSGR MESSENGER: Orbiting Mercury
MSL Mars Science Laboratory
MEX Mars Express (European Space Agency)
MRO Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter
MSPA Multiple Spacecraft Per Aperture
NHPC New Horizons Pluto Charon mission
PLC Planet C - Akatsuki: Venus mission (Japan
RFC Radio Frequency Cataloguing
ROSE Rosetta: Comet sample mission
SOHO Solar & Heliospheric Observatory
ST A/B STEREO A & B: 3D Solar imagery
STF (Spitzer) Space Infrared Telescope Facility
TDRS Tracking & Data Relay Satellite
TH A to E
Themis (Artemis): Moon study
VEX Venus Express
VGR1 Voyager 1
VGR2 Voyager 2
WIND Solar Wind

NB: DSN, GBRA, MSPA, RFC are either Network activities in radio astronomy, maintenance or systems development.

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