How the Moonwalk was seen live
in Western Australia
Viewers in Western Australia didn’t expect to see the Apollo 11 Moonwalk live.
TV from the Moon was relayed from Honeysuckle Creek and Parkes, via Sydney to the Moree Earth Station. From there it was transmitted to the Pacific Intelsat III satelllite. Any Earth Station which could see the satellite (i.e. anything in the highlighted area) could receive the TV intended for Jamesburg and then Houston.
It’s a 425km drive from Perth to Geraldton and another 480km from Geraldton to Carnarvon. Click for a larger PDF version.
This photo of an ABC microwave van next to the OTC Carnarvon 42 foot antenna was taken in November 1966. The setup for the Apollo 11 TV relay would have been very similar. (Scan: Alan Gilham. From The Australian Women’s Weekly, 14th December 1966.)
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Photo: University of Western Australia.
Paul Dench supplied this scan of an article from Carnarvon’s The Northern Times, 24 July 1969.
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