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Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex

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Address: 421 Discovery Drive | off Cotter & Paddys River Roads, Tidbinbilla, Paddys River 2620, Australia
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+61 2 6201 7800
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09:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00

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This center is a great spot to visit to see how a NASA space center works and become more educated on the life of those whose life mission it was to fly to the moon. There are... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

This center is a great spot to visit to see how a NASA space center works and become more educated on the life of those whose life mission it was to fly to the moon. There are various displays to look at and read including a real piece of moon rock, clothing worn by some of the real life American... More 

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Sydney
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Deep Space Communication Complex was approximately a 45 minute pretty drive (via Cotter and Paddy's River Roads) south-west of Canberra from our hotel in Civic. It is owned by NASA and operated on their behalf by the CSIRO. It is one of only 3 such complexes in the world and the only one in the Southern Hemisphere - the... More 

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Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I have been visiting the CDSCC since I was 10 years old and its importance and quiet achievements never fail to take my beath away. Tidbinbilla Tracking Station, unlike so many others, continues to change and bring us new information in exciting ways, and never appears to stagnate. Not only does the visitors centre continue to evolve, but the CDSCC... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A bit of a drive to get to the Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex in Paddy’s River but 100% worth it for us! The dish that you can see in the pictures looks big but in person it is humongous! Wow I was blown away by the sheer massiveness of it all. Inside the centre there are great displays that... More 

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New Delhi
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The Deep Space Communication Complex is worth a visit for it is one of the three such complexes in the World. It has been setup by NASA. Besides its historical and technological significance, the sheer size of the dish antennas is breathtaking. Located in a valley to avoid electromagnetic interference this place has an awe factor. There is a walk... More 

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Have visited here a number of time over the yrs. My father and his team of truck driver took all the dishes out to the site. Have taken my sons there from a very young age and now they take their children, cousins to visit this amazing place. Big and little kids can sit in a shuttle and see what... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017

About a 40 minute drive from Canberra on a decent road. The exhibits are OK, they deal mostly with the Apollo missions and what it is/was like to be in space during that time. In some ways it was a little disappointing, there needs to be a little more signage/information about the displays. They generate more questions than they provide... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2017

Enjoyed the exhibits at the centre. My 5 year old son is very interested with space. He took photos inside the spacesuit. He was excited to see the food that, astronauts eat and the model of the Mars Rover. We also saw for some time the documentary in the auditorium. He wanted to see something in the sky in an... More 

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Melbourne
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2017 via mobile

It's worth the drive out to the deep space centre to get a real life look at the satellite dishes: they are huge! There's some interesting displays and movies about the space program and a cafe on site.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017

A bit of a drive out, but well worth it and you pass Cotters Dam which is also a lovely spot to stop and have a swim, the space complex is free and so interesting, I would advise taking a picnic lunch and stopping at cotters dam on your way home, as the Moon Rock Cafe at the complex is... More 

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