Goldstone's 111.5-foot (34-meter) Beam Waveguide tracks a spacecraft as it comes into view. This photograph was taken on Jan. 11, 2012.
The Goldstone Deep Space Communications Complex, located in the Mojave Desert in California, is one of three complexes that comprise NASA's Deep Space Network (DSN). The DSN provides radio communications for all of NASA's interplanetary spacecraft and is also utilized for radio astronomy and radar observations of the solar system and the universe.
JPL, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, manages the Deep Space Network for NASA. More information about the Deep Space Network is online at: http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/dsn50.
More information about NASA's Space Communications and Navigation program is at: www.spacecomm.nasa.gov.