A Tribute
to the men and women of
Honeysuckle Creek Tracking Station, Canberra, Australia

the wider Australian involvement
in manned and unmanned space exploration, and more

Updated 10 April 2017. | News 06 June 2016.

Featured April 2017

Honeysuckle featured photoFifty years before “Stargazing Live” from Siding Spring

This month, ABC-TV screened the Australian version of the BBC’s “Stargazing Live” from Siding Spring Observatory in the Warrumbungles.

Fifty years ago, ABC Science Unit founder,
Dr. Peter Pockley
, pioneered the concept, with two in-depth programmes broadcast in November 1966 – “The Astronomers of Siding Spring” and “The Astronomers of Parkes”.

Hear this excerpt from an interview with Dr. Pockley, recorded in 2010, where he tells the story.

“Stargazing Live” featured the Apollo 13 story.

Learn the real story of Apollo 13, and the Australian connection, below –

Apollo 13 mission patch

Apollo 13 section includes –

Essay by Hamish Lindsay; Pre-mission Simulations;
Launch video; Audio interviews; Honeysuckle Comms;
Re-entry; Thanks for support of the mission.

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Apollo 13
A perfect emergency

Apollo 13 Re-entry
ARIA 4 acquires

Apollo 13 thanks
Handshakes at HSK

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Honeysuckle in 1971

Neil Armstrong on the footpad – as seen at Honeysuckle Creek

A beautiful setting

Website by Colin Mackellar – photo taken 09 October 1971.

40th anniversary of Apollo 11
Honeysuckle DVDs

Apollo 11 40th

The Apollo 11 40th anniversary celebrations in July 2009.

The Honeysuckle Creek DVDs

Including Ed von Renouard’s Apollo 11 Super 8 movie – and the full Restored Apollo 11 EVA.

Prime Minister Gorton’s statement
Prime Minister Gorton’s statement

Australian Prime Minister John Gorton visits Honeysuckle Creek on the day of the Moon Landing, Monday 21 July 1969. Silent film (14MB MPEG4 file).

The Prime Minister after his tour inside Honeysuckle’s Operations building. Unedited news film runs for 5'14". A 21MB MPEG4 file.

Both clips courtesy of the ABC. See more of the Prime Minister’s visit here.

One Small Step: The Australian Story

Watch “One Small Step: The Australian Story”, produced by Freehand TV in Sydney for the BBC, for the 40th anniversary in 2009.
This is a unique account of Australia’s role, and features key players from Honeysuckle Creek, Tidbinbilla and Parkes. Recommended. On YouTube.

(If you’ve seen the Australian comedy “The Dish”,
watch this to discover what actually happened.)

The Honeysuckle antenna today

Honeysuckle featured photoThe old Honeysuckle antenna was used for its last official track in January 2010.

DSS46 photos.

And here’s a tribute page of photos on the occasion of the shutdown.

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