Imagine a spaceport of the future, where a variety of space vehicles are preparing for launch or departing Earth on missions to expand humanity's reach into space. The Ground Systems Development and Operations Program, formerly known as the 21st Century Ground Systems Program, is propelling this vision forward! http://www.nasa.gov/exploration/systems/ground/index.html
Fact # No.4. It is impossible to take a photo of the universe but as far as can be determined as of now it is thought to be about 30,000,000,000 (30 billion) light years in diameter. ie. Travelling at 186,000 miles per second it would take us 30 billion years to cross it.
ESA's Optical Ground Station laser tags ISS - The future of space communications was illuminated by this test, as a laser beam was shone from ESA’s Optical Ground Station in Tenerife to the International Space Station in orbit.