Tuesday, March 13, 2007

LA3: The Other Mission Control


Today I got a tour of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. JPL is responsible for all unmanned space missions. The Mars Rover was built there as were the first satellites. JPL is able to communicate with the objects through its' Deep Space Network. The DSN "is an international network of antennas that supports interplanetary spacecraft missions and radio and radar astronomy observations for the exploration of the solar system and the universe." One of the largest antennas is 70 meters (230 feet) and can track a spacecraft moving 10 billion miles away. Crazy.

2 Comments:

Blogger Ms. NOLA said...

What is their policy on loony, lovesick coworkers, I wonder?

Tue Mar 13, 09:32:00 PM  
Anonymous Sprout said...

Hitchcock, art markets, and space travel. I can't wait to read about what you decide to check out next.

Wed Mar 14, 01:23:00 AM  

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