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17th of March 2023
Honeysuckle Creek Anniversary
NASA's Honeysuckle Creek Tracking Station was opened on this day in 1967. The 85-foot (26 metre) antenna at Honeysuckle Creek, near Canberra, supported space missions until the station closed in 1981, when it was relocated to the Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex at Tidbinbilla. Honeysuckle Creek received and relayed to the world the first televised footage of Neil Armstrong setting foot on the Moon on 20 July 1969 and the first seven minutes of the moonwalk, before the moon had risen above the 30-degree elevation limit of the larger Parkes telescope. The image above shows the official party from the 1967 opening moving from the antenna to the Operations Building. From left to right: Senator Denham Henty (Minister for Supply), Harold Holt (Prime Minister of Australia), Robert Seamans (NASA Deputy Administrator), and Bryan Lowe (Honeysuckle Creek Station Director). Further information about the tracking station's history is available from the Honeysuckle Creek Tracking Station website (Image credit: Australian News & Information Bureau, Hamish Lindsay collection, honeysucklecreek.net)

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