Deep Space Network

The World’s Ground Stations are Getting Ready to Watch a Spacecraft Crash Into an Asteroid Next Week!

On Monday, Sept. 26th, the DART mission will collide with an asteroid to test a method of planetary defense. The…

4 months ago

Communication With Mars is About to Become Impossible (for two Weeks)

Every two years, Mars enters what is known as a "Solar Conjunction," where its orbit takes it behind the Sun…

1 year ago

How Long is a Day on Venus? We Finally Know the Exact Answer

Using the radio-echo timing technique, a team of researchers have precisely measured the length of a day on Venus

2 years ago

What’s the Best Way to Communicate With an Interstellar Probe When it’s Light-Years Away From Earth?

A new study by an international team of scientists addressed a major challenge with interstellar missions: how to send and…

2 years ago

James Webb is Working Perfectly! On the Ground. Next Trick: Doing it From Space

The James Webb Space Telescope recently passed another critical milestone - the Ground Segment Test - and is on track…

2 years ago

Astronomers are Using NASA’s Deep Space Network to Hunt for Magnetars

Right, magnetars. Perhaps one of the most ferocious beasts to inhabit the cosmos. Loud, unruly, and temperamental, they blast their…

4 years ago

Juno and the Deep Space Network: Bringing The Data Home

Sonny Giroux, Program Manager for NASA's Deep Space Network, explains how Juno uses the Network to communicate, and some of…

7 years ago

Get Ready for More Pluto Pics from New Horizons

If you thought the New Horizons spacecraft flyby of the Pluto system happened waaaay too fast and you’re pining for…

7 years ago

Philae Ready to Take Flying Leap to Historic Comet Landing (Coverage Information)

We are now in the final hours before Rosetta’s Philae lander is released to attempt a first-ever landing on a…

8 years ago

Who Needs a Deep Space Network? Two Martian Spacecraft Communicate Via Twitter

India's Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) spacecraft was greeted via Twitter after successfully entering orbit of the Red Planet. The Curiosity…

8 years ago