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 04 May 2021. | News & Jottings 02 January 2021.

 

Featured: May 2021.

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The 60th anniversary of Alan Shepard’s sub-orbital flight
MR-3 : Freedom 7

On 5th May 1961, Alan Shepard became the first American to be fired into space. His 15 minute suborbital flight paved the way for more ambitious missions. Only twenty days later, President John F. Kennedy committed the United States to landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to Earth before the end of the decade.

Click the image for his visit to Honeysuckle Creek in October 1968.


Alan Shepard visits Honeysuckle Creek, October 1968.


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Apollo 10 – 52nd Anniversary

18 – 26 May 1969


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Christopher Kraft and Tecwyn Roberts at Carnarvon in March 1967. They
Kraft and Roberts were in Australia for the opening of Honeysuckle Creek.

Left to right:

1. Chris Kraft Jr. (NASA’s first Flight Director)
2. Lewis Wainwright (Carnarvon Station Director)
3. Tec Roberts (Chief of the Manned Flight Operations Division)
4. Unsure. (Can you help?)
5. John South (Goddard Representative to Australia)
6. Claus Petersen (UNIVAC Implementation Engineer)*

* Thanks to Bryan Sullivan for the ID.
Photo courtesy Lewis Wainwright’s family. Scan by Colin Mackellar.
Lewis Wainwright’s story coming soon. (Please check back.)


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The Baker-Nunn Camera at Island Lagoon, Woomera.


What was happening in the MSFN 50 years ago
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Technical Information Bulletin of the Manned Space Flight Network, Vol. 8, No. 7, 03 May 1971.

Geodetic position determination for 30-Foot stations using Mars 71.
Young to command Apollo 16 mission.

The TIBs were published (usually) twice monthly by the Goddard Space Flight Center’s Manned Flight Operations Division for Network personnel. Where possible, the plan is to publish on this front page the TIB which was current 50 years ago.

Those TIBs already online can be found here.



See Previous featured items at this link. (Newest at the bottom.)


Also see some related (and some unrelated!) video at vimeo.com/honeysuckle.


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Mercury: Friendship 7, Faith 7.
Gemini:
Gemini 3, Gemini 4, Gemini 5, Gemini 12.
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, WRESAT, Woomera.

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Message from Christopher Kraft, 14 March 1974, on the occasion of Honeysuckle leaving the Manned Space Flight Network.


Honeysuckle featured photo
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Honeysuckle Creek
The story of Tom Reid, a little dish, and Neil Armstrong’s First Step
– by Andrew Tink

Click for more about the book.

Royal Australian Mint Moon Landing Coins commemorate the Moon landing.

Click for more about the coins.


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.


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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