At the opening ceremony for Tidbinbilla.
Australian Minister for Supply, Mr (later Sir) Allen
Fairhall (left); Australian Prime Minister, Sir Robert Menzies
(centre) with Station Director Bob Leslie (right).
Photo kept by Clive Jones, passed on by John Heath,
On a sunny summer day, 7 February 1969, Ozro M. Covington and Dale W. Call from the Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland paid Honeysuckle Creek a visit.
From left: Willson Hunter (NASA Senior Science Rep in Canberra), Tom Reid (Station Director), Ozro Covington, Dale Call, and Bob Leslie (previously Station Director at Tidbinbilla).
Photo: Hamish Lindsay.
Bob Leslie was frequently called on to provide
expert commentary for the electronic media. He was a commentator on ABC-TV (Australia) for the launch of Apollo 11, as well as on ABC Radio for the Apollo 11 lunar landing.
Listen to a 38 second (160kb) mp3 recording
from ABC Radio at about 7:30am Australian Eastern Time, on Monday 21st July 1969. Bob discusses the timing of the start of the Apollo 11 EVA and the likelihood that Australian tracking stations would provide the TV coverage. (with thanks to Dwight Steven-Boniecki.)
|And heres a link to a 90 minute audio recording made by Ray Lloyd, in which Bob Leslie speaks about the background to Australian / US space co-operation and the setting up of Tidbinbilla (link to Mike Dinns pages).|
See also this extract from Uplink-Downlink by Doug Mudgway
The Need for a Second Network
Bob Leslie (centre) around the time of his appointment
This WRE photo MF63/23/26 is dated 20th August 1963.
Can anyone identify the others in this photo or where it was taken? Contact.
Bob Leslie, at right, in front of the 64 metre DSS-14 at Goldstone.
From left: 1. unidentified, 2. unidentified, 3. Alan Sinclair (Aust. Dept. of Supply), 4. Dick Fahnestock (Canberra JPL Rep), 5. Tom Potter (JPL Station Director), 6. Bob Leslie (first Tidbinbilla Station Director).
Photo preserved and scanned by Michelle Sinclair.
With grateful thanks to Doug Mudgway for his permission to use this material.
Details of the book are available from the NASA History Office. It can be purchased, or freely downloaded as PDF files. The index PDF is here. (Note that to navigate to other parts of the book, you may need to have the Acrobat Reader plugin enabled for your browser.
The section containing the text quoted above is here.
A scanned version of the entire book is available at Google Books.
See also Doug Mudgways book, Big Dish: Building America's Deep Space Connection To The Planets