Apollo 11 – Canberra’s finest hour @ Questacon

Barcham 1 July 2013


As well as being the coolest excursion location for kids in Canberra, Questacon happens to host special events and themed weekends quite often which are usually quite interesting.

On the weekend of the 20th and 21st of July, Questacon will be doing a whole weekend about Apollo 11 and the involvement of Honeysuckle Tracking station in the board casting of the event.

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 then 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, at the Honeysuckle Tracking Station.

Questacon is dedicating two days to tell the story of the Honeysuckle Tracking Station, the Apollo 11 mission and NASA’s ongoing involvement in Canberra. Activities will include presentations from the staff at Honeysuckle Creek, movie screenings, displays and much more!

Yes, Honeysuckle, not Parkes. There were a few liberties taken with the truth in ‘The Dish’.

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