Deep Space is defined as the regions beyond the gravitational influence of Earth encompassing interplanetary, interstellar, and intergalactic space… We have all heard of these objects we’ve sent out into the solar system, like Voyager 1 and 2 or New Horizons who gave us those beautiful shots of Pluto, or curiosity whose roaming around Mars, but, how do we get all those glorious images or all of the data back to earth… the answer… the Deep Space Network (DSN). The DSN consists of three sites, each with multiple antennas all focusing up at the sky. Located in Canberra, Australia; Madrid, Spain; and the first at Goldstone, CA. Goldstone has 7 active antennas all of which are bringing the data back from space to us. You can think of the DSN as FedEx in some ways - it’s the first point of contact. The DSN receive the parcels of data, but they do not see what is inside… they then send that data for processing to JPL, for example. For over the last 50 years the DSN has been communicating with spacecraft that we have sent through our solar system and beyond... My guest this week is Don Westbrook the Goldstone Deep Space Communication Complex Manager.