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 15 August 2019. | News & Jottings 06 July 2019.

 

Featured: August 2019.


The team at Namadgi National Park (the custodians of the Honeysuckle Creek site) produced this video to remember the 50th anniversary commemoration on 20 July 2019. Direct link to video.

It’s a complement to this earlier video.


Tidbinbilla’s Forgotten Role in Apollo

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Published in July 2019, this booklet outlines the key role played in the Apollo Program by HSKX, Honeysuckle Creek’s ‘Wing’ Station at Tidbinbilla.

Download the booklet as a 900kb PDF file, courtesy of John Heath, Bruce Window and Mike Dinn.

(A handful of printed copies are still available from John Heath.)

See also the Tidbinbilla section.


Remembering Carnarvon

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Paul and Joan Dench remember their time in Carnarvon.

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Wally Schirra at Carnarvon – updated photos.


Carnarvon Tracking Station Construction and Opening – 8mm footage from 1963-4 and commentary by Hamish Lindsay. Direct link to video.


The Manned Space Flight Network, 50 years ago
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Technical Information Bulletin, Vol. 6, No. 12, 15 August 1969.

MSFN performance for Apollo 11 was summarized in an operations message from the network operations manager to the MSFN on July 24, at 1630Z:

“There can be no doubt in anyone’s mind that all of you comprise the greatest tracking network in the world. Your performance was magnificent.”

The TIBs were published by the Goddard Space Flight Center’s Manned Flight Operations Division for Network personnel. Those already online can be found here.


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See also the updates page.

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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.

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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