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 17 December 2018. | News & Jottings 01 December 2018.


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See also – The Apollo 11 50th Anniversary (in Australia) website.


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Click the image above for a special PDF version of Hamish Lindsay’s Apollo 8 Essay, for the 50th anniversary.

It is a 64 page, 8MB PDF file. [Updated 14 December 2018.]

Our very special thanks to Glen Nagle for producing this PDF version.

This is a 64-page file that would be ideal for printing, or viewing on a tablet. For best results, save the PDF to your device, and then the audio links will open separately in your web browser.

(Hamish’s essay in html format, and other Apollo 8 pages, are in the Apollo 8 section.)

During December, we’ll be highlighting Apollo 8 in several ways, including posting newly digitised air/ground audio, so please check back here.


“We have just switched video to Honeysuckle.” – Houston TV.

What really happened with the Apollo 11 TV signal. Direct link.

More here.


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Apollo 8
Honeysuckle audio.

Search for the Spurs
during Apollo 8.

The News from HSK during Apollo 8.


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See the Apollo 17 section.


What was happening in the MSFN 50 years ago
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Technical Information Bulletin of the Manned Space Flight Network, Vol. 5, No. 23, 05 December 1968.

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

This TIB was preserved by Honeysuckle’s Bernard Smith.

Those TIBs already online can be found here.


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

Released 01 November 2018.

Click here for more about the book.

Royal Australian Mint Moon Landing Coins commemorate the Moon landing.

Released 01 November 2018.

Click here for more about the coins.


See Previous featured items at this link.


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


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, WRESAT, Woomera.

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

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.

40th anniversary of Apollo 11
Honeysuckle DVDs

Apollo 11 40th

The Apollo 11 40th anniversary celebrations in July 2009.

The Honeysuckle Creek DVDs

Including Ed von Renouard’s Apollo 11 Super 8 movie – and the full Restored Apollo 11 EVA.


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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