On October 15, 2012, Space Communications and Navigation (SCaN) invited 65 of NASA’s social media followers to the Goldstone Deep Space Communications Complex (GDSCC) for a rare glimpse into the interworking of the facility. The group saw the historic Apollo antenna, the 34 meter Beam Waveguide (BWG) cluster antennas, the 34 meter Uranus antenna, the Signal Processing Center and the large 70 meter Mars antenna. Engineers and scientists spoke to the group about the historical significance of Goldstone and the Deep Space Network.
The Goldstone Deep Space Communications Complex is one of three facilities that makes up NASA’s Deep Space Network. The other two facilities are located in Madrid, Spain and Canberra, Australia and are managed by the Space Communications and Navigation (SCaN) Program.