For more than 50 years, NASA's Deep Space Network has been tracking spacecraft in our Solar System, and we've been right there with them.
Australia's partnership with the United States in space missions formally dates from February 1960, when the two governments signed an agreement to facilitate cooperation.
We began joint spacecraft-tracking projects with NASA in 1962, when our Parkes radio telescope was used to receive signals from NASA's Mariner 2 spacecraft.
Now, we are continuing to contribute to the wonders of space exploration. We manage and operate the Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex at Tidbinbilla, one of three tracking stations around the world that make up NASA's Deep Space Network. Together, the three stations provide around-the-clock contact with more than 30 spacecraft, including missions to study Mars, Venus, Jupiter, Pluto, the Moon and the Sun.