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 08 April 2021. | News & Jottings 02 January 2021.

 

Featured: April 2021.


Apollo 13 51st anniversary.
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12 – 18 April 1970.

See the Apollo 13 section.

Photo: Ops Supervisor John Saxon and Deputy Director Mike Dinn in a pre-mission simulation at Honeysuckle Creek.

Apollo 13 mission patch

Glen Nagle has produced a wonderful PDF booklet version of Hamish Lindsay’s Apollo 13 essay. Click the image for a 3.6MB PDF file.

Apollo 13 mission patch

Bruce Window’s notes on audio items of interest from the newly-released MOCR console audio recordings.


STS-1 40th anniversary.
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Launched 12 April 1981.

Tracked by Orrroral Valley.

Photo: Orroral Valley Station Director Lewis Wainwright is presented with a photo of the launch, by John Young and Bob Crippen.


Phillip Chapman.
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08 April 2021:
Dr. Phillip Chapman, the first Australian-born NASA Astronaut, has died in Scottsdale, Arizona.

In this photo Honeysuckle Creek Deputy Director Ian Grant gives him a tour of the station some time after the Apollo 11 lunar landing.


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. 6, 21 April 1971.

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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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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