Space Time

The Long Goodbye

How NASA’s Deep Space Network said goodbye to three planet-hunting missions

Shannon Stirone
Published in
5 min readDec 12, 2018
Photo by AI SEIB/AFP/Getty Images

OnOn December 24, 1963, William Pickering, the director of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, signed a letter officially creating the Deep Space Network (DSN). The NASA network is a series of large radio antennas that serve as the communication and navigation hub for…