Wednesday, April 4, 2012

NASA Administrator Bolden in Australia

This week has seen NASA Administrator Charles Bolden in Australia, the first NASA administrator since 1973 to do so.

Mr Bolden at the CDSCC (Photo credit: Penny Bradfield)

Mr Bolden visited the NASA Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex at Tidbinbilla, highlighting that when the Curiosity Rover touches down on the surface of Mars on August 6th, that the CDSCC will be receiving the signal as an integral part of the mission and the only deep space facility located in the southern hemisphere. Mr Bolden also examined the current upgrades to the CDSCC facility which will see four new dishes built at the facility.

In his visit, Mr Bolden also gave an address at the University of Sydney, and visited Questacon in Canberra where he answered questions from the audience and students across Australia.

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