A Tribute
to the men and women of
Honeysuckle Creek Tracking Station, Canberra, Australia

the wider Australian involvement
in manned and unmanned space exploration, and more
!

Updated 18 July 2018. | News 25 May 2017.



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New Book – to be released in November 2018.

“Honeysuckle Creek reveals the pivotal role that the tracking station at that location, near Canberra, played in the first moon walk.

Andrew Tink gives a gripping account of the role of its director Tom Reid and his colleagues in transmitting some of the most-watched images in human history as Neil Armstrong took his first step.

Part biography and part personal history, Honeysuckle Creek makes a significant contribution to the story of Australia’s role in space exploration.”

– Thanks to NewSouth Publishing and author Andrew Tink for these sneak previews of the draft front and back covers.

Click the images for larger versions.


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The Honeysuckle Apollo 11 Team

Most of Honeysuckle Creek’s team for Apollo 11, photographed in front of the dish by Hamish Lindsay in early August 1969.

Full frame, Larger (2.6MB).

See the new scans of the HSK Apollo 11 team photos.


Apollo 11 49th anniversary
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Hamish Lindsay’s essay on Apollo 11.

Launch Audio loops in Mission Control.

First hand accounts: Apollo 11 at HSK.

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Fire at Tidbinbilla
during Apollo 11.

HSK Station Log
for Apollo 11.

The White Team
Apollo 11 photos.

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Computer alarms
during the landing.
The PM visits HSK
on the day.
Press arrangements
at Sydney Video.
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HSK comms loops as the Moonwalk begins. How we saw
the Apollo 11 EVA.
Message from Neil
July 2009.

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Hamish Lindsay used the station’s cherrypicker to capture this classic winter photo of Honeysuckle Creek.

Large, Larger (4.3MB). More photos of snow at Honeysuckle.


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Message from Christopher Kraft, 14 March 1974, on the occasion of Honeysuckle leaving the Manned Space Flight Network.


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Planning for the 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11.


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,

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Apollo Summary,

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, Goldstone, Madrid, Carnarvon, Guam, Ascension Island, ARIA, Deakin Switch, Parkes, Muchea, Red Lake, Island Lagoon, Orroral Valley, Cooby Creek, Carnarvon OTC, OTC (Aust), BFEC, Santiago.

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Mercury: Friendship 7, Faith 7.
Gemini:
Gemini 3, Gemini 4, Gemini 5, Gemini 12.
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, WRESAT, Woomera.

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Also see some related (and some unrelated!) video at vimeo.com/honeysuckle.

Honeysuckle in 1971

Neil Armstrong on the footpad – as seen at Honeysuckle Creek

A beautiful setting

Website by Colin Mackellar – photo taken 09 October 1971.

40th anniversary of Apollo 11
Honeysuckle DVDs

Apollo 11 40th

The Apollo 11 40th anniversary celebrations in July 2009.

The Honeysuckle Creek DVDs

Including Ed von Renouard’s Apollo 11 Super 8 movie – and the full Restored Apollo 11 EVA.


Prime Minister Gorton’s statement
Prime Minister Gorton’s statement

Australian Prime Minister John Gorton visits Honeysuckle Creek on the day of the Moon Landing, Monday 21 July 1969. Silent film (14MB MPEG4 file).

The Prime Minister after his tour inside Honeysuckle’s Operations building. Unedited news film runs for 5'14". A 21MB MPEG4 file.

Both clips courtesy of the ABC. See more of the Prime Minister’s visit here.

What really happened with the Apollo 11 TV signal. More here.


One Small Step: The Australian Story

Watch “One Small Step: The Australian Story”, produced by Freehand TV in Sydney for the BBC, for the 40th anniversary in 2009.
This is a unique account of Australia’s role, and features key players from Honeysuckle Creek, Tidbinbilla and Parkes. Recommended. On YouTube.

(If you’ve seen the Australian comedy “The Dish”,
watch this to discover what actually happened.)


The Honeysuckle antenna today

Honeysuckle featured photoThe old Honeysuckle antenna was used for its last official track in January 2010.

DSS46 photos.

And here’s a tribute page of photos on the occasion of the shutdown.




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