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NASA has opened a new, remote ground station called the GRO Remote Terminal System in Tidbinbilla, Australia, to retrieve scientific data from the Compton Gamma-Ray Observatory via a Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS) that is positioned over the Indian Ocean.

The $500 million Compton Gamma Ray Observatory was launched in 1991. The decision was made to build the ground station and devote a TDRS to the observatory after its tape recorders failed, restricting the transmission of scientific data to real time only.