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 01 December 2021. | News & Jottings 23 November 2021.

 

December 2021

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Apollo 8

First flight to the Moon
December 1968.

Apollo 17

Last flight to the Moon
December 1972.


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The (unique) Honeysuckle Creek Simulation System.


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The Gemini 4 Flight Control Team at Carnarvon in June 1965 – updated scan.


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Sydney Video during Apollo 12.


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July 1970, Ken Lee is farewelled from Honeysuckle Creek.


The Manned Space Flight Network in December 1967
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Technical Information Bulletins of the Manned Space Flight Network, Vol. 4, Nos. 16 and 17, December 1967.

The TIBs were published (usually) twice monthly by the Goddard Space Flight Center’s Manned Flight Operations Division for Network personnel.

Those TIBs already online can be found here.


The Dakota Tragedy
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Remembering the crew of the C47 Dakota which crashed near Muchea
during Project Mercury support in July 1961.


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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Mercury: Friendship 7, Faith 7.
Gemini:
Gemini 3, Gemini 4, Gemini 5, Gemini 12.
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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.


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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

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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 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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