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 26 July 2021. | News & Jottings 24 May 2021.


July 2021.


Remembering Apollo 15 on its 50th anniversary.
Includes a new scan of the Apollo 15 Flight Plan.

Larger image.

Sixty years ago – 31st July 1961

Remembering the tragic loss of the C47 Dakota
after supporting Project Mercury preparations at Muchea.

Honeysuckle Creek – Remembering Apollo 11 at 52
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Hamish Lindsay’s essay on Apollo 11.

Prime Minister visits HSK on the day.

First hand accounts: Apollo 11 at HSK.

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Apollo 11 audio recorded at HSK.

HSK comms loops as the Moonwalk begins.

The Station Log for Apollo 11.

The start of the Apollo 11 EVA – with air/ground audio on the left channel and Honeysuckle Creek Alpha comms loop and Net 2 on the right channel.

Begins about 10 minutes before the TV starts and runs to 30 minutes into the EVA.

Watch in full screen on Vimeo.

More on the TV here.

A slideshow of Prime Minister John Gorton’s visit to Honeysuckle Creek on the morning of the Moon Landing.
For full screen, watch on Vimeo.

Other Stations – Remembering Apollo 11 at 52

The launch from the NC & FD loops.

The launch as seen from 43,000 feet.

New audio of Eagle’s descent and landing.

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Walter Cronkite
visits Goldstone.

Television Camera
carried to the Moon.

Apollo 11 TV Ground Support.

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Parkes to Sydney
TV signal path.

Western Australia sees the TV.

Sydney Video celebrates.

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A Penguin Award for the Apollo 11 telecasts. Qantas Captain
sees re-entry.
‘The Moon Men’
visit Sydney.


Remembering Viking 1 45th anniversary.
Includes new scans of the Honeysuckle Viking teams.

What was happening in the MSFN 50 years ago

Technical Information Bulletin of the Manned Space Flight Network, Vol. 8, No. 9, 23 July 1971.

Apollo 15 aims at widespread objectives.

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.

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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.

(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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