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 18 July 2017. | News 25 May 2017.

Featured July 2017

Apollo 11 48th Anniversary


Most of the Honeysuckle Creek team, July 1969.

There’ll be an informal gathering
of Apollo veterans at the Southern Cross Club in Woden
this Friday lunchtime (21st July).

Interviews relating to Apollo 11

Mike Dinn – Honeysuckle Deputy Director.
Kevin Gallegos – Honeysuckle SDDS.
Ed von Renouard
, Honeysuckle Video.
Bryan Sullivan
– Honeysuckle Computers.

Don Gray – Tidbinbilla Station Director (see part 8).

Dick Nafzger – Goddard, Apollo TV Ground Support Engineer.
Jack Garman – Houston, Apollo Guidance Computer.

Bruce Ekert – PMG, HSK-Sydney microwave links.
Wayne Ozarko – OTC, at Sydney Video.
Ian Mackenzie – ATN-7 Sydney, at Sydney Video.
Allan Hullett – ABC-TV Engineer, Perth.

How the TV would have looked if the camera had been mounted horizontally.

On Vimeo. Also on this page in the Apollo 11 TV section.

Stan Lebar, Program Manager for Westinghouse Lunar Television Cameras, spoke in Canberra, tells two stories of how people saw the live television from the lunar surface. March 2006.

On Vimeo. Also on this page in the Apollo 11 TV section.

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Ed von Renouard
at the Honeysuckle video console during the Apollo 11 Moonwalk.

Walter Cronkite
visits Goldstone for CBS News on July 4, 1969.


The NASCOM Deakin Switch in Canberra was NASA’s switching centre for this region of the world. Kevyn Westbrook is standing at right.

Above: New scan of one of Hamish Lindsay’s slides. Large, Larger.

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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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