Unveiling the Road to Space

By Flornes Yuen

21 March 2014

It was a beautifully sunny day in Canberra on Wednesday, just perfect to celebrate the 50th anniversary of NASA’s Deep Space Network, and a great reminder of the partnership between Australia and the US in their space missions.

Our Chief, Megan Clark, was joined by NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, Director of NASA JPL Dr Charles Elachi, and the US Ambassador to Australia, Mr John Berry, to kick off the celebrations with staff from the Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex (CDSCC). At the end of the ceremony, a set of brand new street signs was unveiled to represent the ‘Road to Space’ that the next set of antennas (currently under construction at CDSCC) will offer to the space program. It also bodes well for a strong continued partnership between CSIRO and NASA for the future.

    3, 2, 1, REVEAL! The little black curtains are pulled from the signs, to reveal the names of the latest 'streets' onsite at the CDSCC. These street signs represent the 'Road to Space' and the potential new discoveries that may be made by the new antennas currently under construction at the CDSCC.

3, 2, 1, REVEAL! The little black curtains are pulled from the signs, to reveal the names of the latest ‘streets’ onsite at the CDSCC. These street signs represent the ‘Road to Space’ and the potential new discoveries that may be made by the new antennas currently under construction at the CDSCC.

Check out the gallery below for a few highlights of the day.

If you’ve ever wondered, “What has space science done for me lately?” – oh, you know, just the little things, like memory foam, the miniature camera in your phones, robots, to name a few. This information and much more can be found on the brand new CDSCC/NASA infographics over on our CSIRO Pinterest board. Check them out!