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Honeysuckle photo of the month

June 2008

Four Tidbinbilla Station Directors –
Mike Dinn 1988-94, Tom Reid 1970-88, Don Gray 1967-70, Peter Churchill 1994-2007. (It’s also a photo of 2 HSK StaDirs and 1 Deputy.)
From Mike Dinn, taken May 2008 at the funeral service for Monica Flint. (The Flint family owns the land around CDSCC.)

July 2008

Australian Prime Minister John Gorton visits Honeysuckle Creek just before the Moon Walk – Monday 21 July 1969.
L-R: Lloyd Bott (Dep. Secretary, Dept of Supply), PM John Gorton, Allan Cooley (Sec. Dept of Supply) Station Director Tom Reid.
Photo: Thanks to Michael Bott via Ken Sheridan. Gorton’s visit.


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September 2008

The old Honeysuckle antenna, now DSS-46 at Tidbinbilla, May 2008.

The antenna, now 41 years old, is still in daily use.

October 2008

Bryan Sullivan and Ron Hicks in the Computer section during Apollo 7.
Read more on Apollo 7 here.

 


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February 2009

From the water tank

Photos taken from the water tank show the development of HSK.

May 2009

The Comms area
Dick Stubbs, Tony Gerada and Fred Hill during Apollo days.


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June 2009

Ed von Renouard
at the Honeysuckle Scan Converter during the Apollo 11 Moonwalk.

July 2009

Walter Cronkite at Goldstone
It’s not Honeysuckle, but this seemed appropriate.


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October 2009

Enjoying a Swan Lager
Bryan Sullivan, Geoff Seymour and Mike Evenett among those enjoying a Swan after Apollo 16. Story

November 2009

Bryan Sullivan and Frank Hain
in the computer section during Apollo 12, November 1969.


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December 2009

On March 17th 1967, Prime Minister Harold Holt opened Honeysuckle Creek. On December 17th 1967, he disappeared while swimming at Cheviot Beach in Victoria.

December 2009 #2

In March 2006, Stan Lebar (1925–2009), Manager of the Westinghouse Lunar TV Camera Program, thanked the Australian trackers for their help in bringing the Apollo 11 TV to the world.


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January 2010

On January 19 2010, the first step in the shut down of the old Honeysuckle Creek antenna, DSS46, commenced.
Tribute page.

April 2010

Apollo 13 – 40th anniversary

See the newly updated Apollo 13 section.


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July 2010

Apollo 11 – 41st anniversary.
Kevin Gallegos (Honeysuckle SDDS) talks about being in the hot seat for the Apollo 11 Moonwalk.

August 2010

No matter what else was happening, everyone at the station needed to be fed – and the Clissolds took care of that in the canteen.
(Photo from the Apollo 11 staff photo.)


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September 2010

The Station Gardener / Groundsman, Bill Shaw kept the grounds in amazing condition – an oasis of order in the midst of the Australian bush.
Photo from the Apollo 11 staff photo.

October 2010

Early in the life of the station, Bruce Withey took two photos from the Coll Tower – one with a telephoto lens. Click the image for a 2MB composite of the two. Note the passive repeater on Dead Man’s Hill.


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October 2010

See a video tribute to Tom Reid, who died in early October 2010. In the Station Directors’ section.

December 2010 #1

John Vanderkly and Brian Hale in the recorders section during Apollo 17 support, at 10:50:53pm AEDT on Tuesday December 12, 1972.


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December 2010 #2

Rod Lindrea, Graham Fraser and Alan Foster at the Honeysuckle Receivers during Apollo 8.

January 2011

Bruce Window (pictured at Island Lagoon Minitrack) shares his story in the new Interviews section.


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February 2011

Don Blackman and Ken Lee at the controls of Muchea’s Verlort Radar. Muchea tracked and communicated with John Glenn on his historic first orbit, February 20th 1962.

June 2011

Hamish Lindsay took this photo of Gai Rossell, Rhelma Burns, Barbara Vanderputt, Margaret Morgan, and Pearl Gregory on 13 May 1975.


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July 2011 #1

Adrian Carter took this photo of the old Honeysuckle antenna (DSS-46) and DSS-43, at Tidbinbilla in June 2011.

July 2011 #2

42 years since Apollo 11.
MSFN Network Launch audio.
Launch seen from 43,000 feet.
HSK log for Apollo 11.


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July 2011 #3

40 years since Apollo 15.

HSK StaDir Don Gray with CDR Dave Scott and CMP Al Worden.

September 2011

The Telemetry area in 1967. L-R Eric Stallard, Bruce Withey, Laurie Turner, Bill Waugh. (Photo from Bruce Withey.)


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October 2011

Ed von Renouard and Bill Perrin enjoy a game of chess in the Telemetry area. (Photo: Nevil Eyre.)

November 2011

Apollo 17 LMP Dr. Harrison Schmitt signs the master signature sheet at HSK on 3 May 1973.


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December 2011

‘Search for the Spurs.’
The HSK feed cone is removed in the search for arcing as Apollo 8 heads for the Moon, December 1968.

January 2012

‘New’ audio of the Apollo 11 Landing, from the MOCR Network console.


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February 2012

Messages from John Glenn, Chris Kraft and Michael Griffin.
Fifty years ago this month, Australian stations at Muchea & Red Lake tracked Friendship 7 on the first American manned orbital flight.

March 2012

See Hamish Lindsay’s 8mm footage of the construction of Carnarvon Tracking Station.


Honeysuckle featured April 2012
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Apollo 16 40th anniversary

Celebrations at Honeysuckle after the return of Apollo 16 – launched April 17 (AEST) 1972.

Apollo 13 42nd anniversary

John Saxon & Mike Dinn in simulations on the Ops Console before Apollo 13, April 1970.


Other Stations featured April 2012
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Apollo 13 42nd anniversary

ARIA 4 acquires Apollo 13 after blackout. Onboard audio –18 April 1970.

DSS-43 39th anniversary

Australian PM Gough Whitlam opens DSS-43 at Tidbinbilla on April 13 1973.

“Our Time”
by Gene Kranz

Essay by Flight Director Gene Kranz – in the “Last Days” section.


Honeysuckle featured May 2012
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Apollo 10 43rd anniversary

Live television from Apollo 10 – as photographed at the Honeysuckle video console, 26 May 1969.

Deep Space days

Scott Hendry, Pete Gavin, Tony Gerada and Tony Salvage at Honeysuckle c. 1980.


Other Stations featured May 2012
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Australian stations in TIB

Goddard’s Technical Information Bulletin reports Parkes will support AS-506 (i.e. Apollo 11).

Ascension Island

Ascension was the most isolated of all the MSFN stations, with no married accommodation.


Honeysuckle featured June 2012
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Honeysuckle People Cartoon

Mike Linney drew this ‘Ettamogah Pub’ cartoon of Honeysuckle Creek. It was autographed by many of the staff and visitors between 1966 and 1972.

Apollo Mission Simulations

Goddard Sim team leader Kermit Blaney, with Mike Evenett, Tony Gerada, Phil Lewin and Neil Sandford at the HSK Sim console.
Goddard sims. Apollo Sim System.


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Richard Nafzger

Hear these interviews with Dick Nafzger, the Goddard engineer responsible for Apollo TV ground support.

In the Interviews section.

Carnarvon captured

A unique collection of 50 photos by Hamish Lindsay, capturing operations at Carnarvon in 1965-66. See also the NASA film made for the station opening.

Lloyd Bott

“My purpose in putting these documents together was to place on record how close were the relationships between U.S. and Australia in those great achievements…”


Apollo 11 – Honeysuckle featured July 2012
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Hamish Lindsay’s essay on Apollo 11.

Prime Minister visits HSK on the day.

First hand accounts: Apollo 11 at HSK.

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Apollo 11 audio recorded at HSK.

HSK comms loops as the Moonwalk begins.

The Station Log for Apollo 11.


Apollo 11 - Other Stations featured July 2012
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The launch from the NC & FD loops.

The launch as seen from 43,000 feet.

New audio of Eagle’s descent and landing.

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Walter Cronkite
visits Goldstone.

Television Camera
carried to the Moon.

Apollo 11 TV Ground Support.

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Parkes to Sydney
TV signal path.

Western Australia sees the TV.

Sydney Video celebrates.

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A Penguin Award for the Apollo 11 telecasts. Qantas Captain
sees re-entry.
‘The Moon Men’
visit Sydney.

Honeysuckle Creek featured August 2012
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Honeysuckle Honeys and songs of HSK.

The perils
of getting to work.

Apollo 15
41st anniversary.


Other Stations featured August 2012
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DSS41 staff photo – can you help with IDs?.

The Principles
of Communication.

Orroral Valley book to be launched soon.


With thanks for Neil Armstrong, “Reluctant hero”
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Neil Armstrong, first man on the Moon, died August 25, 2012 (US time).

Wonderful interview recorded in Sydney, August 2011.

Testimony in Washington, May 2010.
Message to Australian Space Trackers, July 2009.
Official photos from the Memorial service, 31 August 2012.

(Photos: Left, Neil in Sydney, 23 August 2011. Right, Tidbinbilla mourns, 31 August 2012, photo Glen Nagle CDSCC.)


Honeysuckle Creek featured November 2012
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The News from HSK during Apollo 8.

HSK Ops areas
by Bryan Sullivan.

HSK Epilogue
the legacy.


Other Stations featured November 2012
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Neil says thanks
to the MSFN.

Tidbinbilla
early days.

CRO Revisited
New space museum.

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Parkes support
of Voyager 2.
Cooby Creek
and TV via ATS.
WRESAT at 45
Australia’s 1st satellite.

Honeysuckle Creek featured December 2012
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Apollo 8
Honeysuckle audio.

Ode to Challenger
the last Lunar Module.

Last Sim flight to Oz – for Apollo 17.


Featured January 2013
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Tidbinbilla
staff photos.

A17 lunar landing
updated HSK audio.

Fire at Tid
during Apollo 11.


Featured February 2013
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Near Coll Tower
HSK Sim System

Hear an HSK SRT
Station Readiness Test

1976 Team Photos
from Honeysuckle


Friendship 7 – 51st Anniversary
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On February 20, 1962
Gerry O’Connor (centre) at Muchea Tracking Station became the first Australian to hail a space traveller when he established communications with Astronaut John Glenn on his first orbit, and then passed the circuit to Capcom Gordo Cooper (right).

And not forgetting the cost
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Remembering the C47 Dakota which crashed near Muchea
during Project Mercury support.


Featured March 2013
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Apollo 9 44th anniv
New launch audio

Apollo 9 and HSK
by Hamish Lindsay

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Honeysuckle opens
17th March 1967

Apollo 17
Groundtrack charts

Honeysuckle today
Not forgotten


Featured April 2013
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DSS-43 at Tid
Big dish turns 40

Apollo 13 rescue
Thanks at HSK

Winter wonderland
Snow at Honeysuckle

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DSS-43
Construction photos

DSS-43 opening
E G Whitlam speech

DSS-43
Schematic


Featured May 2013

DSS-43 Tidbinbilla 40th anniversary celebrations, 13th April 2013.

Featured June 2013
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HSK Opening
Better audio

Carnarvon Opening
Minister’s speech

Gemini V
Carnarvon audio

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TIB Vol. 1 No. 1
The first MSFN TIB

T H O’Connor
Station Builder

Apollo 7 TV
as heard at TEX


Apollo 11 44th Anniversary

Canberra's Finest Hour

Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st July 2013 at Questacon in Canberra.
Many of the events are free Saturday events & Sunday events.

(More Info and Schedule from John Saxon.)


Featured July 2013
‘For All the People Back on Earth’
Hear the Apollo 8 Christmas message with new ears.
And other onboard audio from Apollo 8 while in lunar orbit.

Featured July 2013
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Borman & Schirra
visit Australia, 1966

1st live TV from Oz
Carnarvon 1966

At HSK on the day
21 July 1969


Featured August 2013
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Visitors
to Honeysuckle

HSK & Apollo 15
42nd anniversary

Apollo 15
support at Parkes


Honeysuckle featured photoRemembering Peter Pockley

As the pioneering ABC Science Broadcaster, Peter was an enthusiastic supporter of Australian efforts in space tracking, exploration and astronomy. Tribute here.


Featured November 2013
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HSK Honeys
new recording

HSK Hardware
UNIVAC 642B cards

T H O’Connor
Honeysuckle builder

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Cooby Creek
Installation

Cooby Creek
47th anniversary

Sounds of Telemetry
Woomera Minitrack

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Satellite Comms
Australia’s story

Press arrangements
for the A11 EVA

Apollo 12
44th anniversary

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JFK
News reaches CRO

Des Barnsley
WRESAT

Stan Lebar
on the A12 TV camera


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Apollo 13 Re-entry
ARIA 4 acquires

Apollo 13 rescue
Thanks at HSK

“Our Time”
by Gene Kranz

Canberra's Finest Hour

Apollo 13 Returns from the Moon – early on 18th April AEST 1970.


Featured June 2014
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DSS43 Tidbinbilla
Super 8 footage of the opening ceremony.

First Day Covers
HSK and elsewhere for Apollo, Skylab.

Jack Garman
on the Apollo Guidance Computer.


25 June 2014 – 50th Anniversary of the Opening of Carnarvon
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Dept Supply footage
of the opening ceremony.

Hamish’s footage
of construction and the opening.

Carnarvon welcome
to the Network from NASA Goddard.


Apolo 11 45th

45th Anniversary of Apollo 11


Chris Kraft letter

Letter to the 45th anniversary Lunch from Chris Kraft. (360kb PDF file.)


August 2014
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Mrs O’Donahue
saves the day.

It’s a dog’s life
at Ascension Island.

Tall Tales
from The Linney Files.

Featured: October 2014

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Preparing for Apollo
at Honeysuckle.

Apollo 7
46th anniversary.

Hazards of
The Apollo Road.


Featured November 2014
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Apollo 12: 15–25 November 1969

Vale Don Gray
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With great sadness we hear that Don Gray, Honeysuckle Creek Station Director, January 1970 to February 1978, has died in Canberra.

Learn more about Don here.


Remembering Mariner IV at 50
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Launched 28 November 1964

and Australia’s first satellite – WRESAT
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Launched 29 November 1967

 

Featured December 2014
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Apollo 8

First flight to the Moon
December 1968.

Apollo 17

Last flight to the Moon
December 1972.


Featured February 2015
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Ned Kelly
Woomera Minitrack.
Interview.

Gerry O’Connor
Muchea Comm tech and Friendship 7.

Thomas Paine
NASA Administrator
visits Honeysuckle.


News

Celebrating 50 years of one of the world’s great tracking stations.

(Graphic courtesy of, and designed by, Glen Nagle, CDSCC.)


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MOCR audio of the A11 landing, and a musical tribute. (Also hear The Other Side.)

Tidbinbilla Tracking Station (CDSCC)
turns 50, opens 19th March 1965.

Apollo MSFN Station Honeysuckle Creek opens 17th March 1967.


Featured April 2015

On March 16 2006, during his talk at the National Museum of Australia in Canberra, Westinghouse Lunar TV Camera Manager Stan Lebar spoke about how the Westinghouse Color Camera was used to show the launch of Apollo 13 on April 11 1970.
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Other highlights for the 45th anniversary of the mission
from the Apollo 13 section:

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ARIA 4 hears Apollo 13 return from the Moon – 18 April 1970


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Tidbinbilla early days

DSS-43 opens – 13 April 1973

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HSK opens – updated scan


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Gemini IV, supported by Carnarvon Tracking Station, June 1965.

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Featured – Apollo 11 46th anniversary – July 2015
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Hamish Lindsay’s essay on Apollo 11.

Launch Audio loops in Mission Control.

First hand accounts: Apollo 11 at HSK.

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Fire at Tidbinbilla
during Apollo 11.

HSK Station Log
for Apollo 11.

The White Team
Apollo 11 photos.

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Computer alarms
during the landing.
The PM visits HSK
on the day.
Press arrangements
at Sydney Video.
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HSK comms loops as the Moonwalk begins. How we saw
the Apollo 11 EVA.
Message from Neil
July 2009.

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Featured: Apollo 15, 26 July – 08 August 1971

Apollo 15


Featured: 15th August 2015

George Mueller

Updated scan: Hamish Lindsay’s classic photo of Dr. George Mueller,(1918 – 2015),, NASA Associate Administrator for Manned Space Flight, at HSK, 6 January 1967.


Featured: GT-5, 50th anniversary

GT-5

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of Gemini 5, 21 – 29 August 1965.
Supported by Carnarvon Tracking Station.
Hear audio recorded at Carnarvon.


Featured: October 2015

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47th anniv Apollo 7
mission audio.

HSK kangaroos
on the Moon.

Buzz’s face
and other details.

 

Featured: November 2015

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Apollo 12: 15–25 November 1969

 

Featured: December 2015

Canberra's Finest Hour


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Apollo 8
Honeysuckle audio.

Search for the Spurs
during Apollo 8.

Last Sim flight to Oz – for Apollo 17.


Apollo 8: 21st – 28th December 1968

The second half of Apollo 8’s fourth television broadcast
synchronised with the onboard audio.

See excerpts from the onboard TV.

Hear also air-ground audio recorded at Honeysuckle Creek.

This and more in the Apollo 8 section.


Anniversaries coming up in 2016
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Guam MSFN
Station opens

1966

Borman & Schirra visit Australia
12-13 March 1966

Cooby Creek ATS Station opens
22 October 1966

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First satellite TV Australia - UK link
25 November 1966

First US satellite TV received in Oz
05 December 1966

HSK supports Viking 1 landing on Mars
July 1976

See also.


Featured photo: Voyager II encounters Uranus, 25 January 1986
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Featured photo: Voyager II encounters Uranus, 25 January 1986
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At Tidbinbilla / At Parkes.

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February 2016

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The sad loss has been announced of Apollo 14 Moonwalker Ed Mitchell.

Our Apollo 14 section (with a new essay by Hamish Lindsay) is in the works and will be available soon.


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On the anniversary of the flight of Friendship 7 (20th February 1962), Journalist John Penlington shares his experience of covering the flight at Muchea Tracking Station.


And watch this stirring 58 minute documentary on the Friendship 7 flight. It features Muchea and other stations of the Mercury Space Tracking Network.


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New Muchea photos

Glenis Wilkerson & Freda Ash in the Teletype area at Muchea.

HSK and ORR Heritage listed

External link to ABC News,
12th February 2016.



01 March 2016

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Vale Cliff Smith – Parkes mourns original team member.


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Prime Minister Robert Menzies opens Tidbibilla, 19 March 1965.
Opening audio now online.

Prime Minister Harold Holt opens Honeysuckle, 17 March 1967.
Photos and audio.

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Honeysuckle under construction, May 1966. New footage.

Apollo 9, first manned flight of the LM, March 1969.


Gene Cernan coming to Australia: May 27 – June 2, 2016
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Stan Lebar at the National Museum of Australia
for the Apollo Reunion, 16 March 2006

More on Stan’s visit, and the 2006 Apollo Reunion, on this page.


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DSN pioneers
awarded for Mariner 2

FOR SALE
DSS-41 Island Lagoon

Viking Scientist
briefs Australians

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Woomera paintings
by Pat Delgado

Surveyor 1 story
by Bill Mellberg

Expo ’67 TV
rx’d at Cooby Creek


Featured June 2016
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Supporting Surveyor
at Tidbinbilla

Johnstone & French
Prince Charming Award

Surveyor 1 story
by Bill Mellberg


News

News

 

Featured: Apollo 11 47th anniversary, July 2016
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Apollo 11 audio files


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Chuck Koscielski
Goldstone and Island Lagoon stories

Chris Kraft
speaks to the Carnarvon Rotary Club

Viking 1 on Mars
Celebrating the 40th anniversary


Honeysuckle Creek featured August 2016
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Honeysuckle Honeys sing songs of HSK.

The perils
of getting to work.

Apollo 15
45th anniversary.


Featured September 2016
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Cooby installation
September 1966.

HSK mug shots
August 1967.

Rees and Shepard
at HSK Sept 1968.


Honeysuckle
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21 September 2016:

We are sad to report that Jack Garman has died in Houston, at the age of 72.

Jack’s “fifteen seconds of fame” (as he put it) came during the Apollo 11 powered descent to the lunar surface. Computer alarms from the LM computer threatened to abort the landing, but Jack, in the AGC Staff Support Room, called a “GO”. Steve Bales (“Guidance”) in the MOCR relayed the “GO” to Flight Director Gene Kranz. Jack was “the only person on the planet” who knew, straight away, what the 1202 and 1201 computer alarms meant.

Hear a 9 minute (10MB) excerpt from Jack’s console audio during the Apollo 11 descent and landing. His voice is heard on the left channel, from 45 seconds. Full audio at the link below.

We interviewed Jack for the Honeysuckle Creek website in April 2014.

 

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Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the opening of
Cooby Creek Tracking Station, Cooby Creek, Queensland.

And more on the celebrations from coobytrackingstation.com.

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Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the opening of
Cooby Creek Tracking Station, Cooby Creek, Queensland.

And more on the celebrations from coobytrackingstation.com.

 

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Click the image to see a highly edited version of the broadcast, courtesy of the ABC. (23MB mp4 file.)

50th Anniversary of Down Under Comes Up Live

On November 25th 1966, viewers across the United Kingdom saw the first live television pictures to be sent by satellite from Australia – from the brand new OTC Earth Station at Carnarvon, via Intelsat IIa.

Read about it in the Carnarvon OTC section. See also, “Down Under Comes Up Live” by Cyril Vahtrick, in the OTC section.

(More to come later this month.)


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Remembering John Glenn (1921 – 2016)
first American to orbit the Earth.

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More in the Friendship 7 pages in the Muchea Tracking Station section.

and hear audio of the Friendship 7 mission as it was recorded at the Red Lake Tracking Station (Woomera).


This message from John Glenn was sent to the people of Perth, and all who tracked him on his passage across Australia, for the 50th anniversary of his flight in 2012.

“I’ve recalled it so often, almost daily since then, that it just seems like it was yesterday to me.’


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5th December 1966
First satellite television from the USA to be received in Australia.
At the OTC Carnarvon Earth Station.

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Apollo 8
Rod Lindrea, Graham Fraser and Alan Foster man the Honeysuckle Receivers during the first manned flight to the Moon,
21-28 December 1968.

Apollo 17
John Vanderkly and Brian Hale in the Honeysuckle Creek recorders section, just after the first EVA. It is 10:50:53pm AEDT on Tuesday December 12, 1972.


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Apollo 17: 7-20 December 1972.


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Apollo 8: 21-28 December 1968.
Station Director Tom Reid at the Honeysuckle Ops Console during the first manned flight to the Moon.
Photo: Don Witten. (More of his photos here.)


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Apollo 8: Status report, 1034Z 24 December 1968. (On the TWXs page.)


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Apollo 8: Status report, 0637Z 25 December 1968. (On the TWXs page.)

Air/ground audio, recorded at Honeysuckle, here, onboard audio here.
Television, received at Goldstone and Madrid, here.


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Apollo 8: Status report, 2200Z 27 December 1968. (On the TWXs page.)


January 2017

Significant 50th Anniversaries in 2017
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Apollo 1 accident
27 January 1967

Our World
26 June 1967

WRESAT
29 November 1967


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NASA Tribute here.

Hear Gene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt land on the Moon in December 1972.

And listen to “Tomorrow” – a tribute to Apollo 17, using Cernan and Schmitt’s words from the lunar surface, at the end of EVA 3.

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Gene Cernan (left) at CDSCC in 2016, with CDSCC Director Dr Ed Kruzins, Mike Dinn and Hamish Lindsay. Photo credit to CDSCC.

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Hamish Lindsay, John Saxon, Gene Cernan, Mike Dinn and Dr Ed Kruzins. Photo credit to CDSCC.


Remembering the crew of Apollo 1 – 27 January 1967
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March 2017

Honeysuckle


Watch this report of the Honeysuckle Creek opening ceremony.

And hear the opening ceremony.


70 second home movie of the Opening Day –
recorded and narrated by John Saxon.


Honeysuckle


Honeysuckle

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HSK 50th
HSK 50th

900kb PDF.

larger: 7MB PDF.

700kb PDF.

larger: 5MB PDF.

Special thanks to Glen Nagle at CDSCC for producing these lovely commemorative posters. Design ideas and images by Hamish Lindsay.

 

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.

 

May 2017

News

Honeysuckle Creek before opening – by Ian Hahn.

Taken from the water tank. New scan. Large (460kb), Larger (2.2MB).

(More high res scans to come. Earlier scans here.)

 

June 2017

GT-4

Gemini IV – 52nd anniversary.

A key early mission for Carnarvon. 4 – 6 June 1965.


50th Anniversaries

Honeysuckle photo of the month
Honeysuckle photo of the month

Expo '67 from Montreal
7th June 1967,
broadcast from the Australian pavilion, received at Cooby Creek.

Our World, the first global television broadcast, 26th June 1967 – relayed into and out of Australia via Cooby Creek.


Founder of the ABC’s Science Unit, Dr. Peter Pockley (1935 - 2013) spoke about the Australian contribution to Our World in this excerpt from an interview recorded for honeysucklecreek.net in 2010.

Direct link to Vimeo.

To put the above segment into context,
listen to the previous segment (audio only, at this stage).


Watch the first few minutes of Our World, as it was seen in Australia.

The presenter is the ABC’s James Dibble. Video courtesy WA TV History.

 

July 2017 – Apollo 11 48th Anniversary


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Most of the Honeysuckle Creek team, July 1969.


Interviews relating to Apollo 11

Mike Dinn – Honeysuckle Deputy Director.
Kevin Gallegos – Honeysuckle SDDS.
Ed von Renouard
, Honeysuckle Video.
Bryan Sullivan
– Honeysuckle Computers.

Don Gray – Tidbinbilla Station Director (see part 8).

Dick Nafzger – Goddard, Apollo TV Ground Support Engineer.
Jack Garman – Houston, Apollo Guidance Computer.

Bruce Ekert – PMG, HSK-Sydney microwave links.
Wayne Ozarko – OTC, at Sydney Video.
Ian Mackenzie – ATN-7 Sydney, at Sydney Video.
Allan Hullett – ABC-TV Engineer, Perth.


How the TV would have looked if the camera had been mounted horizontally.

On Vimeo. Also on this page in the Apollo 11 TV section.


Stan Lebar, Program Manager for Westinghouse Lunar Television Cameras, spoke in Canberra, tells two stories of how people saw the live television from the lunar surface. March 2006.

On Vimeo. Also on this page in the Apollo 11 TV section.


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The NASCOM Deakin Switch in Canberra was NASA’s switching centre for this region of the world. Kevyn Westbrook is standing at right.

Above: New scan of one of Hamish Lindsay’s slides. Large, Larger.


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Winter wonderland
Snow at Honeysuckle

HSK & Apollo 15
46th anniversary

Apollo 15
support at Parkes


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Most of the Honeysuckle Creek team, July 1969.

September 2017

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New photos of Muchea Tracking Station, 1962.


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Follow Cassini’s final plunge into Saturn via Canberra DSN on Twitter, or JPL.
Image: Glen Nagle, CDSCC.


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DSS-43 at Tidbinbilla / CDSCC on Wednesday 6th September 2017 – the 40th anniversary of the launch of Voyager 1.