Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex, Paddys River

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Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex is home to Deep Space Station 43, a 70 m (230 feet ) diameter dish that communicated with Voyager 1 and other Mars probes. See displays of spacecraft and space tracking technology, as well as a moon rock collected by Apollo XI in 1969. Learn all about how satellite dishes operate at this center just 20 km (12.7 mi) from Canberra. Put Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex into our Paddys River family vacation planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • We visited the site and spent far longer than we anticipated. The guide - Jim - was extremely knowledgeable and informative and we spent ages chatting to him and learning lots of new things.  more »
  • A pleasant 1hr drive from Canberra, Tidbinbilla is the epicentre of Deep Space Research in Australia. If you are expecting a Star Wars experience, forget it and go to the movies. The history and funct...  more »
  • don't bother if your looking for any information on deep space tracking.... being the reason you went there.... its got some space exhibits only... no info on radio telescopes no info on what data is ...  more »
  • I can't believe I've lived in Canberra my whole life and only just discovered this tracking station. Amazing views of several dishes tucked in between the mountains. The centre contains many objects of interest such as space suits and a lunar module engine, and provides easy-to-understand information and historic fun facts. A great adventure for kids and adults alike, would be perfect for school excursions. One of Canberra's hidden gems!
  • Lots of space facts and stuff. Enjoyable place for kids. Great country setting and lots of dishes
  • This place should be a definite stop if you are visiting Canberra. A somewhat out-of-the-way place about an hour's drive from the Canberra city, it will definitely help you appreciate our place not only in our own solar system, but in the universe as a whole. The place has a wealth of information for the young and the old alike.
  • This facility at Tidbinbilla is run for NASA by Australia's CSIRO. It is the Southernmost of three Deep Space Communications Complexes, the others being in the USA and Spain. Together they manage communications between NASA and all its space missions which are beyond Earth orbit. This includes all interplanetary spacecraft, the two Voyager craft which are heading out of the Solar System and the New Horizons mission which swept past Pluto in 2015. The visitor facilities were excellent and our tour of the facility in 2013 was an amazing experience. We thank Glenn Nagle for hosting us and explaining the various functions carried out there. We left (reluctantly), inspired by a greater understanding of one of the greatest human achievements of modern times - the conquering of outer space!
  • The drive here from Canberra was very scenic though make sure you have a printed map or download google maps offline as mobile reception (Optus) is problematic out this area. The centre itself is full of great stuff and lots of movies to watch in the cinema. I would definitely visit here again.

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