The Carnarvon Space and Technology Museum is hosting a cocktail party to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing.
The event, hosted by Greg Pearce, will include ex-trackers interviewed on stage, entertainment with a band playing music from the 1960s, Perth Observatory-hosted stargazing, and some tasty canapes. Tickets include one free beer or glass of wine and a 50th anniversary memento.
The OTC Satellite Earth Station (and now museum site) is situated at the northern end of Browns Range, about 6 kilometres from the centre of Carnarvon, and 4 kilometres north of the Tracking Station. The OTC Satellite Earth Station was opened in1966, initially with the 12.8 metre wide Casshorn antenna as part of the global satellite communications system. The Casshorn antenna has interacting parabolic and hyperbolic reflectors in a characteristic ‘sugar scoop’ form.
On 21 July 1969, the day of the Apollo 11 moon landing, the Casshorn antenna relayed Neil Armstrong’s first steps on the Moon from NASA's Honey Suckle Creek Tracking Station to Perth's TV audience via Moree earth station - the first live telecast into Western Australia. Later in 1969, the larger 29.6 metre wide steerable antenna was built to facilitate better communication between the NASA Tracking Station and the USA.