Geocaching in Outer Space
Well… at least as close as I could get for now…. I attended an event at the NASA Goldstone deep space research facility at Fort Irwin, just north of Barstow, CA!
2010 – NASA Deep Space Odyssey II
We had to drive through two checkpoints on to the base then on to the Goldstone property.
We first stopped a the museum for an information presentation and a look around:
This model of the Mars Rover was outside in the parking lot:
We then got in our long caravan of cars and drove several miles up to the largest dish:
We saw some herds of local wildlife along the way:
This model is not life-size….
Most tours don’t get the show we got, but the dish was in maintenance mode that day, so they did a big move for us. Here’s the dish dance in this series of short videos:
2 minute warning, with an unusual twist:
We then got a brief look inside the mission control building with all the blinky lights, push buttons, and gizmos:
They operate on Universal Time:
A last look at the big dish:
For more, see the NASA Deep Space Network Home Page.
I’m still floating back to earth…..