Saturday, January 23, 2010

70 Years of Telescopes Tuned to Cosmic Radio | Wired Science

As human beings and their machines pushed farther away from Earth, NASA found itself in need of a powerful communications tool for sending and receiving messages to spacecraft. The Deep Space Network of antennas became that interplanetary cell phone. Three nodes located approximately 120 degrees away from each other on the Earth — Spain, California and Australia — allow space engineers to keep contact with spacecraft throughout the Earth’s daily rotation. Here we see one of the antennas at the Goldstone Deep Space Communications Complex near Barstow, California.
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