Deep Space Network Now
NASA’s Deep Space Network (DSN) is an international network of facilities managed and operated by JPL's Interplanetary Network Directorate. The DSN supports interplanetary spacecraft missions, radio astronomy, radar astronomy and related observations for the exploration of the solar system and the universe.
The DSN consists of three antenna facilities spaced at equal distances from each other (about 120 degrees apart in longitude) around the world, operated through the Network Operations Control Center at JPL:
- The Goldstone Deep Space Communications Complex near Barstow, California
- The Madrid Deep Space Communications Complex near Madrid, Spain
- The Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex near Canberra, Australia
The strategic placement of these sites permits constant communication with spacecraft as our planet rotates.
The visualization above shows current activity of the Deep Space network as established from available data, which is updated every five seconds. Click a dish to learn more about the live connection between the spacecraft and the ground.