Outdoor sights in Australian Capital Territory
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The Canberra Deep Space Communications Complex was opened in 1965. Pride of place goes to Deep Space Station 43, a 70m-diameter dish that has communicated with the likes of Voyager 1 and 2, Galileo and various Mars probes. There are displays of spacecraft and deep-space tracking technology, plus a piece of lunar basalt scooped up by Apollo XI in 1969. A theatrette continuously screens short films on space exploration and the Moon Rock Café serves drinks and lunches.
There's nothing like the feel of a crisp, clear morning and the sound of... quiet. For a different view of the nation's capital why not leave the politicians' ballyhoo behind as you float in a hot air balloon on all their hot air, taking in the mountains, valleys, rivers and lakes from above. Be prepared for an early morning start, but the views are worth it.