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The Canary Islands Space Center is located in the town of Maspalomas, in the south of the island of Gran Canaria, in the Canary Islands. It was built in the 60s of the 20th century to support NASA's Mercury program. Today it belongs to the Institute of Aerospace Technology (INTA).
Together with the Villafranca Satellite Tracking Station, which operates for ESA, and the Robledo de Chavela Space Communications Complex, for NASA, they make up the three main satellite tracking stations in Spain.
The Canary Islands Space Center is equipped with several antennas and is especially dedicated to satellite monitoring and control and the reception and processing of images of some of the space vehicles of the main agencies, such as NASA, ESA or Japan JAXA
The testing of the Canary Space Center began with the launch and monitoring of the Explorer 9 satellite on February 16, 1961, and with the unmanned Mercury-Atlas 4 mission on September 13 of that year. Currently, one of its operations is the Cluster II mission.
The Canarian Space Center has an area of around 20 hectares, and enjoys a perfect geographical location to receive data from both Earth observation satellites and communications with geostationary satellites.
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