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Nasa's Deep Space Network Turns 50

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Goldstone's 230-foot antenna

Late night in the desert: Goldstone's 230-foot (70-meter) antenna tracks spacecraft day and night. This photograph was taken on Jan. 11, 2012. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

NASA's Deep Space Network, the world's largest and most powerful communications system for "talking to" spacecraft, will reach a milestone on Dec. 24: the 50th anniversary of its official creation.

From Jet Propulsion Laboratory/NASA
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