Muchea Last Days


After the completion of the highly successful Project Mercury, a new manned space flight tracking station was established at Carnarvon, 800km to the north.

The variable launch azimuths planned for the Gemini (and later, Apollo) missions would mean that Muchea would only have limited visibility of those flights.

Muchea prepares to close

“outstanding in the Mercury network”

NASA letter

Edwin P. Hartman, NASA Senior Scientific Representative in Australia sent this letter in November 1963.

Mercury pin
Lewis Wainwright letter

In February 1964, former Muchea Station Director, Lewis Wainwright, wrote to Muchea staff passing on these words of thanks from Minister of Supply Allen Fairhall.

The letter was written from Carnarvon, where the new station was being built to support Project Gemini.

The letter on the left was sent to Jack Duperouzel, who left Muchea in June 1963, just after Gordon Cooper’s flight, once it was clear the station would.

The letter on the right went to Leo Hanley (with thanks to Leo’s son, John, for the scan at right.)


End of an era


This TWX was sent to everyone on the Mercury network at the close of Muchea Tracking Station.

Sent at 0300 GMT, 28 February 1964.

Full TWX. Larger.

Preserved by Jack Duperouzel. Scanned by Colin Mackellar.



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