The Madrid Apollo Station (three letter code MAD)
was one of the three 85 foot prime stations purpose-built for Apollo. It was
built at Fresnedillas near Madrid.
Like Honeysuckle and Goldstone, Madrid had an Apollo wing
station in this case a section of the nearby DSN station at Robledo de
Chavela (now known as the Madrid Deep Space Communicatios Complex) was modified
for Apollo USB operations. Robledo de Chavela is 56km west of Madrid.
Though Madrid missed out on the Apollo 11 EVA (the Moon
was below the horizon at Madrid), those at the station had their share of glory.
Notably, this included live TV from Apollo 8 in lunar orbit on Christmas Eve
1968 and tracking the Apollo 11 astronauts as they lifted off from the
Moon on July 21 (Madrid time) 1969.
This sign greeted visitors to the Madrid
The main entrance.
Photo: Larry Haug. Click on the image for a much larger version.