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 16 September 2021. | News & Jottings 24 May 2021.

 

September 2021.

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The Honeysuckle Creek antenna at stow on 2nd May 1968.

Photo by Hamish Lindsay

New scan from Hamish’s 4x5 inch negative.


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A schematic of the MSFN 26 meter Apollo antennas (installed at Honeysuckle Creek, Goldstone and Madrid).

Scanned and processed by Glen Nagle.

More on the antenna here.


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Hamish Lindsay took this photo of five of Tidbinbilla’s ladies in front of the DSS43 console in May 1975. Details here.


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Brian Riehle and Ed Proctor Jr. of Guam Apollo Tracking Station at the airport in Agana on November 2nd or 3rd 1969, as the Apollo 11 crew visits Guam.


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US television legend Willard Scott has died.

While he was best known as the weatherman on NBC’s Today Show, and as the first Ronald McDonald, Scott also did some media work for NASA.

Prior to the Apollo 11 mission he introduced these NASA Audio News Features which were designed for radio stations to use to familiarise the public with the many aspects of the mission.

(Apparently Scott also made similar features prior to Apollo 10.)

In the Apollo 11 section.



What was happening in the MSFN in 1968
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Technical Information Bulletin of the Manned Space Flight Network, Vol. 5, No. 18, 18 September 1968.

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

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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 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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