Baker-Nunn Camera, Island Lagoon
The Baker-Nunn Camera at Island Lagoon – a frame from the 1965 Department of Supply film “Partners in Space”.
Baker-Nunn site, Island Lagoon, 1971.
The housing over the camera has been rolled off to the left, exposing the Baker-Nunn Camera.
The main Guard Hut for Island Lagoon Station is visible just above the water tower at right. Above it is DSS41, 1.3km to the NE, and the DSS41 Coll. Tower is visible on the horizon, 2.7km away. To the immediate right of the Coll. Tower is the smaller, – just visible – WWV antenna.
Photo from the 1971 DSS41 Island Lagoon Photographic Record.
With thanks to Don Cocks, via John Heath. Scan: Colin Mackellar.
Baker-Nunn Camera House, Island Lagoon.
The upper ‘storey’ is a protective cover for the Camera. For operations, it was rolled down the track at left to move it out of the line of sight (as in the 1971 photo above).
Photo from the Tidbinbilla Archives. Scan: Colin Mackellar.
Three years to the day before the first manned lunar landing, this photo of Gemini 10 (with John Young and Mike Collins onboard) and the Gemini 8 Agena Target Vehicle was taken from Woomera by the Baker-Nunn tracking camera.
Photo and notes by Ed von Renouard. Ed writes:
Key. Thanks to Ed von Renouard, via Hamish Lindsay. Scan by Colin Mackellar.
Dave Squires shares the story of how he came to work at the Woomera Baker-Nunn:
Special thanks to Dave Squires for these memories.
 An internal Department of Supply Memorandum dated 8th June 1964, preserved by Don Cocks. Plus, another document has Fred Warren starting at Island Lagoon on 10th July 1964.