One giant leap for a small Australian town

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One giant leap for a small Australian town

Postby gdrabs » Fri Aug 02, 2019 10:45 pm

Grabbed this book 'Carnarvon and Apollo' whist taking a break down in Busselton.
A fascinating read following the move from the Muchea facility (near Perth) Tracking Gemini missions to the Mercury and Apollo programs from Carnarvon, which was the largest NASA Space Tracking Station outside mainland USA.
Very timely read not only with the Apollo anniversary, but the collaboration taking place at the Arnhem Space Centre to reaffirm Australia's strategic role in the space industry.
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Re: One giant leap for a small Australian town

Postby OverTheTop » Sat Aug 03, 2019 9:36 am

Nice!
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Re: One giant leap for a small Australian town

Postby gdrabs » Sat Aug 03, 2019 12:40 pm

Best to keep away from the local racetrack - in the wet.......
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Re: One giant leap for a small Australian town

Postby CATO » Mon Aug 05, 2019 8:21 am

OverTheTop wrote:Nice!

+1

Thanks for sharing....
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Re: One giant leap for a small Australian town

Postby str8up » Mon Aug 05, 2019 5:55 pm

I've heard of a 'heavy' track but that is rediculous.

Thanks for the info - any more of those old photos?

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Re: One giant leap for a small Australian town

Postby OverTheTop » Mon Aug 05, 2019 6:53 pm

I've heard of a 'heavy' track but that is rediculous.

I think that one would be officially a "dead" track. Really good for serious mud-runners :) .

It's great to see the old photos of the sounding rocket launches. I just wish they were easier to find. There are some in archives, but unless you know which archives and what to ask for they are difficult to pin down.
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Re: One giant leap for a small Australian town

Postby gdrabs » Mon Aug 05, 2019 9:42 pm

Here's a bit more for you....
Gemini 11 with astronauts Pete Conrad (Carnarvon tracking station 1st resident astronaut) and Richard Gordon are performing rendezvous and docking manoeuvres with Agena 11 - as would be required for Apollo Command Service Module with the lunar descender after ascent from the surface of the moon.
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'On orbit 26, Agena 11 pushed them to a new height record of 1368.9km. On the way up Conrad yelled, 'Woop-dedoo....the biggest thrill of my life'. A delirious Conrad then talked with Carnarvon: see attached :)
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Re: One giant leap for a small Australian town

Postby fryers » Mon Dec 16, 2019 11:58 am

Chermside Library in Brisbane has a copy which I read a while back. A really good read. Up to that point I hadn't fully appreciated Australia's contribution to space exploration. I now have a strange urge to go for a drive and see what remains of the cement footings of the structures.

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