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The CSIRO and NASA have a longstanding partnership in space which continues to grow in the Deep Space Network.

The CSIRO-managed, NASA Deep Space Network facility at Tidbinbilla, near Canberra, operates 24/7 maintaining two-way communications with dozens of robotic spacecraft exploring the Solar System and beyond

From supporting NASA's first successful interplanetary mission to Venus by the Mariner 2 spacecraft in 1962 through to today's many exciting voyages of exploration, we work alongside the US space agency by managing facilities on their behalf such as the Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex (CDSCC).

Our Chief Executive Larry Marshall said, "For more than 50 years, CSIRO has been proud to be one of NASA's homes in the Southern Hemisphere, leveraging our geography but sharing in the world-class capabilities of our scientists.

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Managed by CSIRO’s NASA Operations team, the Alice Springs Scientific Ballooning Station is used by international space agencies to send unique Earth atmospheric and deep space observatories to the edge of space.  ©CNES/OMP/IRAP/UT3/CNRS /Sebastien CHASTANET, 2017

"From humanity's first steps on the Moon, to flying past Pluto, to Cassini's recent descent into Saturn, CSIRO and NASA have partnered to not only see more deeply into our Universe, but inspire the next generation of scientists."

In parallel to the treaty, a new Cooperating Agency Agreement (CAA) is currently being negotiated between ourselves and NASA. The CAA defines the roles and responsibilities of the two science organisations to manage CDSCC's deep space operations, as well as the Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS) equipment in Alice Springs and the TDRS facility in Dongara, Western Australia, which supports communications with the International Space Station.

Building upon its already significant capabilities in space, technology development, radio astronomy and observatory management, we continue to lead the way in Australia's expansion as a key player and partner in the exploration of the Solar System and beyond.

CSIRO and NASA — a partnership as unlimited as space itself

PRESS RELEASE— A new agreement signed this week in Washington DC provides the framework for Australia - and CSIRO - to support NASA's exploration of the Solar System.