This is the CSIRO Parkes Observatory, one of three tracking stations tasked with transmitting the live telecast of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on the Moon.
The other two tracking stations were the Goldstone Observatory in California and the Honeysuckle Creek station in Canberra, Australia (now-decommissioned).
The Dish (2000) is also a fabulous Australian film about the part Australia played in broadcasting ‘history’ around the world 50 years ago.
Ok, so some of the film is fictional – the names, the power failure – but the story is real and although the first images of Neil Armstrong’s historic step were relayed from Honeysuckle Creek, the quality of the transmission from Parkes was so superior, NASA stayed with the signal from “The Dish”.
Not bad for a radio telescope situated in the middle of a sheep farm.
There have been some big anniversary celebrations in Parkes this year.
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