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Deep Space Station 43 (DSS-43) Anniversary
April 1, 2013

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On April 13, 2013 the Deep Space Station 43 (DSS-43) antenna will mark 40 years of service and deep space operations to NASA. This parabolic antenna located at the Canberra Deep Space Communications Complex in Canberra, Australia was originally built as a 64 meter (210 foot) antenna to accommodate the missions heading into deeper space. In 1984, the antenna was upgraded to 70 meters (230 foot) to capture the signals coming from Voyager 2's encounter with Uranus. Since then, DSS-43 has been receiving signals from missions as far away as the outskirts of our solar system.

As of November 2012, DSS-43 has been undergoing some renovations to the electrical systems and concrete supporting the antenna's structure. The antenna will be back online in mid-June 2013.

The Canberra Deep Space Communications Complex is managed by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) on behalf of NASA's Space Communication and Navigation (SCaN) Office. SCaN has two more Deep Space Network complexes located in Goldstone, California and Madrid, Spain, each with a 70 meter antenna.

› Deep Space Network
› Deep Space Station 43 - Taking Canberra from the Bush to the Stars
› Rotation of DSS-43 (YouTube Video)

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Canberra complex, in the 1970's and present day
Canberra complex, in the 1970's and present day
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Deep Space Station 43 (DSS-43) antenna
Deep Space Station 43 (DSS-43) antenna
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Canberra complex, in the 1970's and present day
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