27 December 2013
NASA’s Deep Space Network (DSN), managed by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, turned 50 on Tuesday. The DSN supports a fleet of more than 30 U.S. and international robotic space missions. Without it, the U.S. would never have been able to undertake voyages to Mercury and Venus, visit asteroids and comets; see the stunning images of robots on Mars, or close-up views of the rings of Saturn. The DSN is able to keep in constant contact with spacecraft no matter the time of day because the antennae in the system are located around the planet. (Image:Canberra, Australia Complex. Credit: NASA)
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