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From: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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posted 07-08-2013 02:35 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ozspace   Click Here to Email ozspace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
At 12.56 pm AEST on 21 July 1969, Neil Armstrong became the first person to set foot on the moon. A feat watched live by 500 million people and billions since.

What most people don’t know is that the initial television signal originated out of a small building on the outskirts of Canberra, Australia the Honeysuckle Creek Tracking Station.

To celebrate the Centenary of Canberra, Questacon is dedicating two days to tell the story of the Honeysuckle Creek Tracking Station, the Apollo 11 mission and NASA’s ongoing involvement in Canberra.

Meet the people who worked on the Apollo missions, hear their stories and ask them questions about life in Canberra during the 1960s.

A wide range of memorabilia from NASA and private collections will be on display in the Questacon foyer, including a live seismogram reproduction of the seismic traces recorded as the astronauts walked on the moon.

There will be documentary and movies screenings including a special presentation of “The Dish” with an introduction by the Honeysuckle Creek team and a screening of the film “One Small Step: The Australian Story”.

All activities in the Questacon Foyer and Japan Theatre are presented free of charge. Access to Questacon galleries and other activities are at normal admission prices.

Go to Questacon and for much more information.


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From: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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posted 07-14-2013 02:58 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ozspace   Click Here to Email ozspace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Saturday, July 20th
  • 9:30am - 84 Mins - Movie: The Wonder of it all
  • 11am - 35 Mins - Talk: The Apollo missions explained Presented by Mike Dinn who was Deputy Director in charge of Operations at Honeysuckle during Apollo-11 and other missions. Mike will explain the Mission profile and other information.
  • 12pm - 95 Mins - Movie: Live from the Moon - A great movie that tells the story of the Apollo TV includes interviews with Astronauts and personnel from the ground operations in USA and Australia
  • 2pm - 35 Mins - Talk: Why did it happen in the ACT Presented by John Saxon who was an Operations Supervisor at Honeysuckle for all the Apollo and Skylab missions. Why were those first fuzzy pictures sent to the world from Honeysuckle?
  • 3pm - 100 Mins - Movie: The Dish A fun movie filled with 60's music and nostalgia for that time.
Sunday, July 21st
  • 10am - 35 Mins - Talk: A snapshot of life at Honeysuckle Presented by Brian Sullivan and Hamish Lindsay who were senior Operations staff at Honeysuckle through all the Apollo and Skylab missions. They will present a picture of life up at the station, including some of the humorous events as well as the tension filled missions.
  • 11am - 29 Mins - Movie: The vital link An early 60s NASA movie about all 3 tracking networks from the perspective of the Voice control operations near Washington D.C.
  • 12pm - 70 Mins - Talk and Movie: Missing tapes and Fuzzy pictures - Presented by Colin Mackellar. Colin is an Apollo enthusiast extraordinaire. He runs the website and much much more. Colin will talk about the search for the missing tapes and the restoration of the whole Apollo-11 moon walk. The talk will culminate with part of the moon walk restored footage synchronised to the second - as it occurred 44 years ago exactly. DO NOT MISS THIS ONE!
  • 2pm - 35 Mins - Talk: Canberra's vital link to current and future Space missions Presented by Glen Nagle who is the Outreach Manager at the Canberra Deep space Communications Complex at Tidbinbilla. Glen will outline many of the current and future missions at the complex.
  • 3pm - 55 Mins - Movie: "One small step - The Australian Story" A great movie presented by Peter FitzSimmons. Made in 2009 by Freehand TV in Australia for BBC. The producers write:

    "Forty years after the Apollo 11 moon landing, the one-hour documentary One Small Step: The Australian Story explores the front-line role Australian radio astronomers and technicians performed in bringing to the world a 'giant leap for mankind'. On July 20th 1969, Australia had just twelve and a half million inhabitants and was known more for its kangaroos than its space program. But the moment Neil Armstrong planted the first human footstep on the moon all that changed.

    With host Peter FitzSimons, we meet some of the characters who were directly involved in bringing live pictures from the moon to the rest of the world, and hear about the dramas of this most remarkable day. Their stories are interwoven with snapshots of Australia from July 20th 1969 as we relive the day leading up to one of the most significant events in this country's brief history."

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