Muchea Tracking Station, Western Australia

Mercury Space Tracking Network Station No. 8

Muchea Tracking Station, Western Australia.

Opened 24th March 1961.

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In this section

Introduction to Muchea

Muchea Booklet

Muchea Essay by Hamish Lindsay

Opening ceremony

Early days – Jack Duperouzel interview (2011)

Early Days – Kevyn Westbrook interview (1994)

Early Days – Kevyn Westbrook interview (2012)

Lewis Wainwright story

Jack Duperouzel story

External photos

Internal photos

Staff Photos

Frames from a film taken at Muchea

Plans of the Station

Missions supported

Faith 7 audio recorded at Muchea

Mercury Tracking and Communication Networks poster

News clippings

Warren Bishop’s newspaper scrapbook


Photos from Glenis Austin

Photos from Marion Martin

Ed Beckman photos

Mercury Aeromedical Monitors

The Dakota tragedy

Muchea last days

Muchea Today (2006, 2011)

Shire of Chittering Commemorative Display

Featured: Friendship 7

On February 20th 1962, Lt. Col. John Glenn became the first American to orbit the Earth – tracked across Australia on his three orbits by the NASA stations at Muchea and Red Lake (Woomera).

Friendship 7

Friendship 7 mission as heard at Red Lake new audio
(in the Red Lake section)

Covering the Friendship 7 mission – by John Penlington

Covering the Friendship 7 mission – by Darcy Farrell

Thanks from the Mercury Flight Director

Friendship 7 Essay by Hamish Lindsay

Friendship 7 booklet

Celebrations in Perth, 20 February 2012

Messages for the 50th

Messages for the 50th anniversary of Friendship 7 in 2012.