Ghostly Green - ESA Deep Space Tracking Station (Australia)

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'Ghostly Green - ESA Deep Space Tracking Station (Australia)'

Ghostly Green - ESA Deep Space Tracking Station (Australia)

[Public Domain] 2 Nov 2017 Dylan O'Donnell
CATEGORY : Architecture, Astrophotography, Notable
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Really thrilled to have one of my photos on the European Space Agency homepage tonight as “Image of the Week”!…/Ghostly_green

Title Ghostly green
Released 02/11/2017 8:45 am
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Just in time for Halloween this week: a green deep-space tracking station.

This image was taken by Byron Bay-based astrophotographer Dylan O’Donnell, in October during a photo shoot at the New Norcia station, some 120 km north of Perth, Western Australia.

The ‘ghostly green’ was created by reflecting a floodlight off the station’s 35 m-diameter deep-space antenna and structure.

The station routinely communicates with spacecraft orbiting Mars as well as ESA’s Gaia and XMM observatory missions. In future, it will link up with BepiColombo at Mercury and the Euclid astronomical observatory.

Since August, the station has been operating in part on a new solar power system, which, together with a local water recycling system, is helping to boost the station’s sustainability and reduce its environmental impact.”

Taken with the Canon 6D Mk II and Tokina 16-28mm – 1/60s / F4 / ISO 800

Behind the scenes :

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Here is some of the gear this photo was made with. Click for info