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 01 December 2022. | News & Events 12 September 2022.

 

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Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the last Apollo Lunar Landing.


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Apollo 17 EVA television as seen at Honeysuckle Creek.

Also see the Apollo 17 TV page.


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Laurie Turner speaks with the crew on their way to the Moon.


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Apollo Range Instrumented Aircraft support for Apollo 17.


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Apollo historian the late Bill Mellberg was a guest at the launch of Apollo 17. He provides an eyewiteness account (PDF file) at www.americasuncommonsense, the website of Apollo 17 LMP Harrison Schmitt.


Also related to Apollo 17

Mike Dinn’s Apollo 17 memorabilia.

Apollo 17 in Real Time.

A NASA presentation resource for the anniversary.


Further updates planned later this month – including Rememberung Apollo 8, and Remembering Island Lagoon please check back.


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Download a free 2023 Honeysuckle and NASA Networks Calendar from the Christmas page of my personal website, www.mackellars.net.


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Also from 1972, here’s a photo of the Pioneer FAB 50 – the team who brought you Pioneers 10 and 11!


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


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

Some of them are collected here.


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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
Honeysuckle featured photo

Honeysuckle Creek
The story of Tom Reid, a little dish, and Neil Armstrong’s First Step
– by Andrew Tink, 2019.

Click for more about the book.

Royal Australian Mint Moon Landing Coins commemorate the Moon landing. 2019.

Click for more about the coins.


Honeysuckle in 1971

Neil Armstrong on the footpad – as seen at Honeysuckle Creek

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

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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.

(If you’ve seen the much-loved 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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