of the Apollo 16 Mission
as recorded at Honeysuckle Creek
The Apollo 16 Lunar Landing
See also these SRTs at Honeysuckle during Apollo 16.
Honeysuckle Creek Operations Supervisor John Saxon speaks with the crew of Orion
Before EVA 2, comms lines from Houston to Honeysuckle are lost, though lines from Honeysuckle to Houston (via Goddard) are not affected.
Sitting inside Orion and having their beakfast, John Young and Charlie Duke have been discussing with Capcom Tony England the upcoming EVA. It takes a little while for it to become obvious that they arent hearing anything back from Houston.
In order to inform the crew what is happening, Honeysuckles Operations Supervisor, John Saxon, pushes his Press to Talk Switch to send his voice to the transmitter, becoming the only Australian to speak with someone on the Moon.
The audio from Orion is very poor quality due
to the problems they were having with Orions steerable high-gain antenna.
When inside the Lunar Module, comms used the omni directional antenna which
resulted in a much noisier signal.
John Saxon writes:
John says that this copy of the Honeysuckle recording was put onto cassette from the FR1900 recorder for him by John VanderKly.
Heres the transcript:
The lines from Houston were restored a few minutes later.
At the 25th anniversary of Apollo 11 celebrations in Canberra, in 1984, John Saxon finally has an opportunity to share a Swan Lager with John Young.
Top: The beer is poured as Captain Young watches.
Photos: John Saxon.