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Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex
We listen … you learn
The Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex is a vital part of NASA’s Deep Space Network, sending and receiving data and commands from spacecraft studying the planets of our solar system and beyond.
As one of only three tracking stations in the world, the Complex features giant radio antennas, including a 70 metre steerable antenna—the largest in the Southern Hemisphere—and the historic ‘dish’ which relayed the first images of men walking on the Moon.
The Complex is managed by the CSIRO’s Astronomy and Space Science Division, on behalf of NASA.
Located just 45 minutes from Canberra, the Canberra Space Centre showcases the past, present and future of space exploration. You can take in views of the Complex, explore interactive displays, and see real space hardware.
Discover a piece of Moon rock over 3.8 billion years old, see the flightsuit worn by Australian astronaut Andy Thomas, and check out robotic rovers that go to Mars. Learn what’s on the menu at the International Space Station, discover the latest breakthroughs in astronomy, or watch a movie about the amazing future of space exploration.
Entry to the Centre is FREE. We offer a fully-guided tour and educational programme tailored to your students’ level and curriculum units, providing interactivity and feedback for all ages.