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28th of April 2023
DSS43 50th anniversary!
Earlier this month DSS-43, the 70-metre antenna at the Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex, celebrated its 50 years of supporting exploration of our Solar System and beyond. Deep Space Station 43 was constructed between 1969 and 1972. It was ready in time to support communications and tracking for the final mission of NASA’s Apollo lunar program – Apollo 17. Several months later, Prime Minister Gough Whitlam officially opened the 64-metre antenna on 13 April 1973. The dish was expanded to 70-metres in the 1980s, and has continued to support hundreds of robotic missions. This blog reviews some highlights from DSS-43's first 50 years. With the Artemis missions returning to the Moon, DSS43 will once again be supporting human exploration of space. (Image credit: CDSCC/CSIRO/A. Cherney)

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