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The Third European Deep-Space Station For Tracking Satellites Will Be Inaugurated On Dec. 18 2012..!

Tracking Satellites In Malargue…

  • A new satellite tracking station at Malargüe, Argentina, will be formally inaugurated on Tuesday, completing the trio of deep-space stations and confirming ESA as one of the world’s most technologically advanced space organizations.
  • The massive radio reflector dish of ESA’s new station is the most visible indication of the impressive technology that will soon track missions voyaging hundreds of millions of kilometers deep in our Solar System.
  • Forty meters tall and with a moving antenna assembly weighing 610 tones, the station strikes a starkly beautiful pose 1500 m up on an arid Argentinean plain, where high tech meets the high Pampas.

Tracking Satellites And Conducting Radio Science Experiments…

  • In addition to tracking missions at Mars and Venus, it can also conduct radio science experiments, allowing scientists in Europe and Argentina to study the matter through which the spacecraft–ground communication signals travel.
  • In exchange for hosting it for a planned 50 years, the station’s capacity will be shared with Argentina, whose CONAE national space office was an instrumental partner.

Tracking Satellites And Station Technology By The Numbers…

  • Malargüe station receives X- and Ka-band radio signals, significantly boosting its ability to receive large amounts of data from very far away,” says ESA’s Roberto Maddè, station project manager.
  • “It’s a marvelous piece of engineering, and years of design and development work at the Agency will come to fruition next week.
  • We were helped a lot by our Argentinean partners in the making of the station and this collaboration shows how good is the relationship between ESA and CONAE.” / Tracking Satellites /

Tracking Satellites Station,Malargüe 3

  • A 20 kW amplifier enables transmission of telecomm ands hundreds of millions of kilometers into space, while low-noise amplifiers cooled to –258ºC enable receipt of ultra-weak signals from beyond Jupiter.
  • To compare: the smartphone in your pocket transmits using a puny battery at about 125 mill watts. This is millions of times more powerful than the signals that Malargüe can receive. / Tracking Satellites /

Tracking Satellites

Chinese probe snaps close-ups of asteroid Toutatis

MINA, on Sat, 15 Dec 2012 19:10:58 -0800

China’s official news agency is reporting that the country’s Chang’e 2 deep-space probe made an amazing flyby of the asteroid Toutatis this week, snapping a series of pictures as it passed by at a distance of just 2 miles. The achievement signals China 

Deep space fly-by: Incredible pictures taken by Chinese probe passing asteroid …

Daily Mail, on Sat, 15 Dec 2012 10:25:47 -0800

A Chinese spacecraft has carried out a deep space fly-by on an asteroid four and a half million miles away from the Earth. The Chang’e-2 probe successfully conducted the mission to scan the surface of the asteroid Toutatis. It happened on December 13 

Hubble peers into era of first galaxies

USA TODAY, on Wed, 12 Dec 2012 12:14:46 -0800

Completed in September, the deep space image required Hubble to peer to the absolute limits of its resolution, focusing on a small patch of the sky to capture a view of the first generation of stars and galaxies to form. They date to roughly 400 

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