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[Music plays and text appears: We asked CSIRO]

[Camera pans over the Communications Complex buildings and satellite dishes]

[Image changes to show Major Charles Bolden, NASA Administrator]

Major General Charles Bolden: Since we started flying satellites and scientific investigations into deep space we needed a capability in the southern hemisphere, for one thing, that would enable us to be certain that we could track these various missions, just as we’re going to see over the next 20 years most of our missions going to deep space are going to be best viewed from the southern hemisphere, so once again CSIRO and the Communications Complex here at Canberra will play a key role. That is the primary reason that we came looking for something, and it was here, all the way back to the very beginning for NASA.

[Camera pans over images of the Communications Complex, satellite dish and a group of people]

The Communications Complex here in Canberra, as a part of CSIRO, has been an incredible partnership for us for 50 years now.

[Image has changed back to Major Charles Bolden]

It is through this particular complex that we saw Neil Armstrong take his first step on the moon, it’s through this complex that we saw Voyager leave our solar system and go into interstellar space, and it’s through the work of CSIRO and the Canberra Communications Complex that we actually saw Curiosity several... at least a second before we did in the United States when it landed on Mars. So this is a continuation of our incredible partnership.

NASA is about exploring, and we have learned through our own 50 plus year history that we don’t do anything alone.

[Camera pans out on the satellite dish and CSIRO signs and then moves back to Major Charles Bolden]

So everything that we do is going to be done with international partners. When it comes to communication this is... here and Spain are our principal international partners, and being here in Canberra, where that partnership started 50 years ago, is one of the reasons that we’re here to celebrate the 50th anniversary.

[Image changes to show Major Charles Bolden seated with colleagues]

I’m asked frequently, how do we get young Australian boys and girls to be excited about becoming a part of the exploration community?

[Image has changed back to Major Charles Bolden]

I think that is the key role that CSIRO has played, and will have to play even more in the future. There are very few people who actually get an opportunity to go fly, there are thousands, literally thousands of people who support us when we do that, and many of them are right here in Australia.

[Image changes to show Major Charles Bolden and colleagues walking towards a satellite dish and gathering underneath it]

When we go to an asteroid by 2025, or when we put humans on Mars in the 2030s, it will be absolutely critical for young Australians to have to be a part of that team, so that we can communicate with our space craft that are doing those missions.

[Images changes back to show Major Charles Bolden]

You know, I’m here because it’s the 50th anniversary of the Communications Complex, but more importantly, as we build this, CSIRO and the Communications Complex here run it for NASA, so in essence we are CSIRO. It’s an incredible partnership, an invaluable partnership that has existed for years, and we hope will exist for decades to come.

[Music plays andCSIRO logo appears with text: Big ideas start here www.csiro.au]

NASA on working with us

Research for innovation

Our engineers and technicians focus on developing, and applying, new technology and advanced design techniques to radio astronomy and allied fields.

We have the capability to design and construct both room temperature and cryogenic radio astronomy receivers and dishes. We do this for both our own radio receivers and other telescopes around the world. Much of our expertise has applications to other fields such as medical and mineral imaging.

In addition we have expertise in the development data processing hardware and software systems that can capture, transfer and store the massive amounts of data being received.

Getting time on our telescopes

Astronomers from Australia and overseas are invited to apply for observing time on Australia Telescope National Facility telescopes. Observing time is awarded by a Time Assignment Committee on the basis of the merits of the proposed research. 

Working together helps solve universal mysteries

We are working alongside industry, science organisations and governments both locally and internationally to help design the world's largest radio telescope, known as the Square Kilometre Array (SKA). Together with our colleagues in The Netherlands, Canada and the USA we’re developing phased array feeds as rapid-imaging devices for potential use by the Square Kilometre Array.

With larger telescopes able to scan the sky quicker than ever before comes the challenge of collecting, storing and analysing massive amounts of data. We have been working with scientists from the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre to solve these data challenges by developing the CSIRO ASKAP science data archive.

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