On the 21st of July 1969, Australia helped NASA send images of Neil Armstrong's first steps on the moon all around the world from the Parkes radio telescope. On that day, 600 million people or around one-fifth of the world's population were able to watch Neil Armstrong's first steps and his famous line all thanks to Australia. The first eight minutes of images of the mission were relayed in a live feed to viewers and these images were sent by the Honeysuckle Creek tracking station. The Dish in Parkes then relayed images of Neil Armstrong as he left the lunar module and prepared to take one "small step".
To celebrate the milestone and Australia's contribution, there will be a chance to visit the iconic telescope at Parkes! The opportunity to see it is part of the weekend of open days at the Parkes Observatory. The last time the telescope at Parkes was open to the public was back in 2011, so these tours happen once in a blue moon.
Along with tours of The Dish, there will be daytime star gazing, roving performers, face painters, live music, delicious food, and astrophotography. On the Saturday at 4pm, there will be a showing of the movie 'The Dish' under the stars. Then on Sunday, there will be talks from Adelaide-born NASA Astronaut, Dr. Andrew Thomas, and the Australian Space Agency. At 12:30pm on Sunday there will also be a screening of the Moon landing as it happened in 1969.
The event is free, and there's no need to register, thank the lucky stars!