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Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex
The Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex is a vital part of NASA’s Deep Space Network, sending and receiving data and commands with dozens of spacecraft exploring the planets of our solar system and the universe beyond.
Education resources available for teachers aimed at engaging students in Years 3–6 and Years 7–12.
As one of only three tracking stations in the world, the Complex features several giant radio antennas, including a 70 metre steerable dish—the largest in the Southern Hemisphere—plus the original historic dish which relayed the first images of humans 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 the city, the Canberra Space Centre showcases displays and exhibits on the past, present and future of space exploration. Open every day, visitors can take in views of the Complex, explore interactive displays and see real space hardware.
The Centre offers school education programs which look at a variety of themes of exploration, investigation, and science and technology. We cover the role of the Complex, the latest discoveries and the tools that students and teachers can use to explore the Solar System and beyond. We also provide plenty of time for questions and exploring.
We offer FREE full-guided educational programs (in ACT school terms only) which are tailored to
your students’ level and Australian Curriculum units. We recommend making bookings up to 12 months in advance. See our website for details.
The Café is a great place to grab a coffee or a meal. There is a small souvenir gift shop.