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 05 April 2024. | News & Events 19 March 2024.


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Orroral Valley Tracking Station, August 1965.

See this previously unpublished photo album showing equipment installation at Orroral, as well as scenes of Canberra.
(in the Orroral Valley section.)

Image from the 2024 Honeysuckle and NASA Networks (unofficial) Calendar on my personal website.


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Video: Keith Aldworth and Mike Dinn in Conversation.

Recorded in December 2023, they remember the Surveyor Program which they both supported at Tidbinbilla.

They also touch on Apollo 13 (and its links with Surveyor!), Apollo 11, and Parkes. 33 minutes.

Click the image to see it on Vimeo.

See also this animation of Surveyor III sunset images preserved by Keith Aldworth.


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Offical Opening of DSS43, 13th April 1973.

In the DSS43 Tidbinbilla section.


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Allan Bailey (Tidbinbilla) shares his story

in the Space People section.


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Remembering Apollo 13
12 – 18 April 1970.

 

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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,

Preparing for Apollo, Goddard Sims, Station Readiness Tests,

Apollo Summary,

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Leaving the MSFN.

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, Goldstone, Madrid, Carnarvon, Guam, Ascension Island, ARIA, Deakin Switch, Parkes, Muchea, Red Lake, Island Lagoon, Orroral Valley, Cooby Creek, Carnarvon OTC, OTC (Aust), BFEC, Santiago, Darwin, Texas (Corpus Christi).

Missions Supported by Other Stations
Mercury: Friendship 7, Faith 7.
Gemini:
Gemini 3, Gemini 4, Gemini 5, Gemini 12.
Mariner IV, Ranger, Lunar Orbiter, Surveyor, Pioneer, Viking, Voyager.

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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
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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