DSS-43 support for Apollo 17
During 1971 and 1972, construction of the new 210 foot (64 metre) antenna at Tidbinbilla was progressing.
DSS-43 would be a sister antenna to the Mars Dish (DSS-14) at Goldstone. By the time of Apollo 17, the antenna would be partially operational, lacking the Master Equatorial system which would allow it to be driven as if it had an equatorial mount. (The antenna was not officially opened until April 1973.)
DSS-43 supported Apollo 17 on a “best effort” basis. The tracks are listed in Hamish Lindsay’s essay.
The newly completed 64 metre DSS-43 at right, dwarfs the DSS-42, the original Tidbinbilla antenna, at 26 metres.
This photo was reproduced in the DSS-43 opening souvenir booklet.
Mike Dinn explained to Hamish Lindsay:
|The DSS-43 Support Plan for Apollo 17 – a 3.5MB PDF file.
With thanks to Mike Dinn, scan by CM.
And Bruce Window remembers: