January 24th, 2004 12:07 AM

With the unfortunate appearance in the news today of the problems at the Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex in communicating with the Mars Spirit, I decided to watch The Dish tonight. While not entirely historically accurate, I was again pleased at what a great movie it is. If you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend it, especially since the Canberra Complex of dishes is still in active use, most notably in recent news for transferring data to and from the Mars Spirit Rover. The Honeysuckle antenna, mentioned in the movie and now located at the CDSCC site at Tidbinbilla, is still in active use as well, being used in the Geotail, Solar & Heliospheric Observatory, Polar, and Radar Satellite missions.

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