Monday, March 08, 2010

Historic Goldstone deep space antenna gets refit

NASA is conducting an estimated $1.25 million in repairs to one of the most famous antennas in its Deep Space Network. The nine million pound, 230-foot-wide dish, is located at Goldstone Dry Lake in the Mojave Desert about 150 miles northeast of Los Angeles. A steel bearing has finally worn to the point of needing replacement after more than four decades of use.

This particular antenna was the instrument used to relay the words of Astronaut Neil Armstrong when he first set foot on the Moon and the first ever images of the outer planets and their moons. Once repairs are complete it will be a part of the Juno mission to Jupiter next year and the Mars Science Laboratory.

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