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2nd of October 2018
Alan Shepard's visit to Honeysuckle Creek
Last month marks the 50th anniversary of NASA astronaut Alan Shepard's visit to the Honeysuckle Creek Tracking Station. Honeysuckle Creek, south of Canberra, was part of the Manned Space Flight Network from 1967 to 1974 and part of the Deep Space Network from 1974 to 1981 (and received the first tv images of Neil Armstrong setting foot on the Moon on 21 July 1969). Alan Shepard Jr. became the second person (and first American) to travel into space in May 1961. The photograph above, taken in Septmber 1968 shows Shepard, on the left, with Station Director Tom Reid. Several years later, Shepard commanded the Apollo 14 mission and became the fifth person to walk on the Moon. This image, and others from the visit, can be seen at the Honeysuckle Creek Tracking Station website, maintained by Colin Mackellar. (Image credit: Hamish Lindsay and honeysucklecreek.net)

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