Malargüe tracking station
ESA's third 35m tracking station is under construction in Malargüe, Argentina. Starting in 2013, it will send signals deep into our Solar System and receive data from missions like Mars Express, Venus Express, Herschel and Planck.

The 600-tonne station will complete the 360-degree deep-space coverage needed to ensure full telecommunications during mission-critical events and enhance the return of scientific data.

Argentina will provide benefits, facilities and services to the station during its planned 50-year lifetime. In exchange, ESA will make available to Argentina 10% of the antenna time for their national scientific projects. Argentina's Comisión Nacional de Actividades Espaciales (CONAE) is responsible for coordinating the use of the 10% of antenna time as provided in the agreement.

More information via ESTRACK - Malargüe station and via ESA Spacecraft Operations.
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