|22nd of July 2016|
|The Parkes Observatory's Support of the Apollo 11 Mission|
| It was one giant leap for mankind, and
it was taken at 12.56 pm Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) on Monday
21 July 1969. |
Six hundred million people, or one fifth of mankind at the time, watched Neil Armstrong's first steps on the Moon. Three tracking stations were receiving the signals simultaneously. They were CSIRO's Parkes Radio Telescope, the Honeysuckle Creek tracking station outside Canberra, and NASA's Goldstone station in California.
Reference: Report by John Sarkissian (CSIRO, Operations Scientist, Parkes Observatory).
Further information: Apollo 11 Moon landing