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A visit to the Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex, NASA's only Southern Hemisphere Deep Space Network station
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post Apr 6 2012, 11:36 PM
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Stu, I think the word you were looking for is AWESOME. Well spotted PDP8E!


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post Apr 7 2012, 12:58 AM
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no, the reaching-for-smelling-salts-and-a-rolled-up-newspaper arachnophobe from the UK is definitely going with 'hideous'...

(but I agree, well spotted...)


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post Apr 7 2012, 05:37 AM
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Yep, we breed them big here in Australia. smile.gif

I'll see if I can download the entire arachnid sequence to play.

Personally, I hate spiders, so that image really gives me the creeps ohmy.gif wacko.gif

PDP8E, don't worry too much about the antenna timelapse.
I have every frame recorded and am making a film of the entire construction.
I might see if I can post a small version of what I have now on Youtube or somewhere.

Meanwhile, I need to find that really big can of insecticide I stashed somwehere. laugh.gif


BTW, anyone interested in looking in on the antennas under construction, check out:
http://www.cdscc.nasa.gov/Pages/Archive/We...35_webcams.html
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post Apr 7 2012, 08:01 AM
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Here's a photo I took a few minutes ago to make you smile.

Deep Space Station 43 tracking the DAWN spacecraft at SUNSET smile.gif

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post Apr 7 2012, 08:03 AM
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QUOTE (PDP8E @ Apr 7 2012, 05:45 AM) *
I wrote a little script that takes a peek every once in a while at the Canberra webcam while they build a new DSN dish. I stash the images away in a directory with the hopes that someday I will have the time and skills to do a time lapse movie of the construction. On 2012, day 95, at 5:57am local time I captured this.... AstroO, you might have bugs in your system.... rolleyes.gif (I tried to focus in, and shrunk the image size a little to get better resolution of the visitor )
[attachment=26674:spider_canberra_b.jpg]


Yikes, where's Clint Eastwood and a plane load of napalm when you need him... wink.gif
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post Apr 7 2012, 12:42 PM
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Fantastic spotting, PDP8. Although I'm with Astro0, *shudders*.

Astro0 love the photo. Wish I'd thought of something like that. ;-)

(I'm new here...well, been lurking for a few weeks.)
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post Apr 7 2012, 04:23 PM
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It'd make an excellent movie poster for "Earth vs. The Spider II", circa about 1959.
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post Apr 7 2012, 04:42 PM
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QUOTE (Astro0 @ Apr 7 2012, 03:01 AM) *
Deep Space Station 43 tracking the DAWN spacecraft at SUNSET smile.gif

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Isn't DAWN about to go into conjunction? Good illustration of it being near the sun!
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