CSIRO operates NASA’s tracking station in Canberra, a set of four radio telescopes, or dishes, known as the Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex (CDSCC).
It’s one of three tracking stations spaced around the globe, which form the Deep Space Network. The other two are at Goldstone, in California, and Madrid, in Spain.
7th September 2017 at 4:36 pm
Spot on Peter. Spot on. The pursuit of chest-swelling self-esteem has trumped all else (pun unintended) including decency, common sense and the pursuit of scientifically defendable truth. It has become fashionable and admirable (not just in the US) to be ignorant and defend ignorance. Attacking vaccination and the EPA are the latest blood sports. The only qualification that matters now is how much wealth one has.
7th September 2017 at 12:47 pm
so, who created all these? Did they come of their own in 400,000 billion years?
6th September 2017 at 9:20 pm
The Voyagers! Who needs further proof of the triumph of intellect and reason over superstition and ignorance. “The Blue Dot” was a timely wake up cal to every inhabitant of this planet. Did anyone notice?
What a pity many of the most powerful politicians in the world seem to be scientifically illiterate. Basic scientific principles of rational enquiry should be taught to every child on this fragile planet. Gods and demons are the inventions of soothsayers and “Prophets”. They are intensively marketed to achieve power and wealth for a chosen few at the expense of the sustainability of our only home.
21st August 2017 at 4:28 pm
How wonderful to have lived in this era, to experience space travel at this level. Even the most cold hearted of us must surely feel a connection to these mechanical and electronic marvels carrying to the stars forever, proof that some humans at least were capable of great vision and brilliant work. Like the moon landings, we probably aren’t capable of doing it again, but if we do, lets aim for one of the habitable exo-planets, carrying a receiver and 3-D printer to upload our future avatars. It’s probably the only way we’ll ever travel to the stars. If there really is a God, he must be cruel and malevolent to have placed the stars so out of reach. Then again, perhaps it’s nature’s firewall to keep our self-destructiveness isolated from the rest of the universe.
Live long and peacefully.
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