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That first step on the moon was our’s damnit!

By johnboy 16 July 2009 49

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]

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Holden Caulfield 10:55 pm 20 Jul 09

ABC has come to the party in a big way by the looks…

http://www.abc.net.au/science/moon/slideshow/

Holden Caulfield 10:54 pm 20 Jul 09

Bit of credit given to Honeysuckle Creek on Lateline just now.

Pandy 11:43 pm 19 Jul 09

“Mein Führer! I can walk!”

on the moon that is

caf 10:56 pm 19 Jul 09

Dr Strangelove is simply brilliant.

Gentleman! You can’t fight in here, this is the war room!

Gungahlin Al 10:05 pm 19 Jul 09

Pandy said :

Anna, you should watch Dr Strangelove.

God what a pathetic excuse for a movie. An hour or so of my life I’ll never get back…

Anna Key 6:31 pm 19 Jul 09

Pandy said :

Anna, you should watch Dr Strangelove.

I was tempted to say that I can no longer sit back and allow Communist infiltration, Communist indoctrination, Communist subversion and the international Communist conspiracy to sap and impurify all of our precious bodily fluids. (thanks IMDB)

But I was worried JB might tell me off again

Pandy 11:13 am 19 Jul 09

Anna, you should watch Dr Strangelove.

Anna Key 8:01 am 19 Jul 09

Sorry John, I’ll check for links in future. But I do distrust the Courier Mail since Comrade Bligh started the flouridation of Brisbane’s water supply

johnboy 10:05 am 18 Jul 09

Anna Key said :

Pardon my ignorance, but can someone explain the Parkes and Honeysuckle Creek roles? I thought Parkes carried the tv footage but Honeysuckle handled the actual mission control stuff.

Or, y’know, read the article linked to in the post?

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