A T N F    D a i l y    A s t r o n o m y    P i c t u r e

16th of July 2019
50th anniversary of Apollo 11
It took Apollo 11 three days to reach the moon, with Neil Armstrong and "Buzz" Aldrin then entering the Lunar Module and descending to the moon's surface while Michael Collins remained in the Command Module. After the successful landing, the planned Extra-Vehicular Activity (EVA) was brought forward, with the astronauts realising they would not be able to get any sleep. Video from the moon was received at the Goldstone tracking station in California, the Honeysuckle Creek tracking station near Canberra, and the Parkes radio-telescope. The live telecast first used the signal from California, before switching to the higher-fidelity picture from Honeysuckle Creek just before Armstrong stepped onto the moon. After the moon had risen above the elevation limit of the Parkes telescope, the telecast used the signal from Parkes for the remainder of the 2 hour, 30 minute EVA. The image above, of Armstong just having stepped onto the moon, was taken with a single lens reflex 35mm camera of a slow scan monitor at the Honeysuckle Creek Tracking Station. This week sees the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission and moonwalk celebrated around the world, including the Honeysuckle Creek tracking station, Canberra, and the Parkes Observatory. (Image credit: honeysucklecreek.net)

<<   |   archive   |   about   |   today   *   ATNF   |   Parkes   |   ATCA   |   Mopra   |   VLBI   |   ASKAP   |   >>