july, 2019

20jul(jul 20)9:00 am21(jul 21)5:00 pmDish Open DaysApollo 11 50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing9:00 am - 5:00 pm (21)

Image of the CSIRO Parkes Radio Telescope

Event Info


One of the most significant anniversaries of our era!


The 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing

It was one giant leap for mankind, and it was taken at 12.56 PM Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) on Monday, 21 July 1969. Six hundred million people, one sixth of mankind at the time, watched Neil Armstrong’s first steps on the Moon. Three tracking stations were receiving the signals simultaneously. They were CSIRO’s Parkes Radio Telescope, the Honeysuckle Creek tracking station outside Canberra, and NASA’s Goldstone station in California. The signals were relayed to Mission Control at Houston. During the first few minutes of the broadcast, NASA alternated between the signals from its two stations at Goldstone and Honeysuckle Creek, searching for the best quality images. When they switched to the Parkes pictures, they were of such superior quality, that NASA remained with the Parkes TV pictures for the remainder of the 2 1/2-hour telecast.


To commemorate this historic event, the CSIRO Parkes Observatory will be holding Open Days on the anniversary weekend. It will be an unforgettable experience for all the family!


Activities will include:

♦ Tours of the telescope

♦ Talks by special guest speakers and astronomers

♦ Daytime astronomy viewings of the brightest stars, planets and Sun by the members of the Central West Astronomical Society

♦ The screening of the film, The DISH, on the Saturday night, in the field adjacent to the telescope (weather permitting)

♦ Plus much more!



CSIRO Parkes Observatory, Telescope Road, Parkes



9am to 5pm on both Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 July



Free admission!


More Information

Check out CSIRO’s Apollo 11 web page for updates. In the meantime, you can contact the CSIRO Parkes Radio Telescope Visitors Centre on 6861 1777 or email parkes-vds@csiro.au

So, mark your calendars and we’ll see you, then.


20 (Saturday) 9:00 am - 21 (Sunday) 5:00 pm