With all the hoopla surrounding the 40th anniversary of the first landing on the moon (a feat we’re unable to replicate today) the Courier Mail has a definitive piece explaining how the ACT’s Honeysuckle Creek was the real hero of those iconic images, and not Parkes which stole the glory in “The Dish“, and from thence into popular culture.
- After years of confusion and controversy over whose pictures were used when, most now agree Honeysuckle Creek relayed the pictures of Armstrong’s historic first step.
Houston then switched to Parkes for all but the first eight minutes or so of the two-and-a-half-hour broadcast.
The reason? Armstrong caught everyone on the hop by deciding to venture out ahead of schedule.
The astronauts were supposed to sleep for six hours, but who could sleep? They had just landed on the moon.
Parkes was set up to be the main Australian station, but the moon had not quite risen there yet.
Sure, they did two hours and twenty odd minutes of astronauts goofing around on the lunar surface, but who gives a toss about that compared to the one small step?
[Photo courtesy of Colin Mackellar’s Honeysuckle Creek tribute page]