Tidbinbilla open day

July 21, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm (Dish open 10am-4pm only)

The former Honeysuckle Creek dish used during Apollo 11. Now at the Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex (CDSCC).

The former Honeysuckle Creek dish used during Apollo 11. Now at the Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex (CDSCC). Credit: CSIRO

50 years ago a group of Australians working at a tracking station nestled in the hills of Canberra, received and broadcast the TV images of Neil Armstrong’s first steps on the Moon.

Today, here is your chance to relive that moment under the actual antenna dish that helped make that historic moment possible. Join us at our FREE open day at the Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex.


Watch the Moon walk ‘LIVE’.

Join us as we re-broadcast on a big outdoor screen and at two indoor locations, timed to coincide with that moment exactly 50 years ago when Neil Armstrong took that first step onto the surface of the Moon at 12:56pm (July 21, 1969)

We will screen the entire 2.5 hour Moon walk as it happened in ‘real-time’:

  • Featuring the brilliant documentary film – Moonscape
  • Includes rarely seen colour footage of the astronauts walking on the Moon
  • Every photo taken during the mission shown in sync with the moment it was taken
  • The original and now fully restored black and white TV footage
  • Newly processed audio track including chatter between Houston Mission Control and the astronauts, combined with video footage taken in Mission Control
  • Fully transcribed subtitles
  • Special features including colour footage of the dramatic last moments as the astronauts landed on the Moon, with only 16 seconds of fuel remaining!

Limited seating at each venue, so we recommend getting in early. The video will start at approximately 12:30pm AEST.

Apollo Moon Exhibit. Our Visitor Centre will be open from 9am to 5pm, with our exhibit of Apollo related hardware and memorabilia, plus the larger exhibition on other space missions and the role of the CSIRO-managed, NASA deep space facility.

  • See an actual piece of the Moon, picked up off the lunar surface by astronaut Buzz Aldrin. It’s 3.8 billion years old and is the largest piece of Apollo 11 returned Moon rock on display in Australia. It forms part of Canberra’s Moonrock Trail.
  • Get a selfie with the Apollo astronaut spacesuit on display
  • Check out the Lunar Module descent engine of the type that landed astronauts on the Moon
  • See the heartbeats of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin recorded during their Moon walk
  • See real flown space hardware including helmets, cameras and more used during the Apollo era
  • Watch our special Apollo video program in our two theatres

See the Moon Dish! The special open day continues at antenna dish – Deep Space Station 46 which received the historic lunar broadcast. Open to tour from 10am to 4pm, it will be the focus of our celebrations.

  • Take the rare opportunity to get up close with the Moon Dish
  • Discover the full story of how the Honeysuckle Creek Tracking Station in Canberra broadcast Armstrong’s “One Small Step” to the world
  • See an exhibition of full-colour Apollo photographs taken during the mission
  • Get into theme with space face painting with ‘Lucy Sparkles and Friends’
  • Be entertained by the Questacon Science Circus performers
  • Enjoy some delicious food made available by the ‘Belconnen Lions Club’

Apollo 50th Souvenirs. We will be giving away special Apollo 50th anniversary posters and stickers, and other space goodies – limited stocks available.

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Venue: Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex

421 Discovery Drive, Tidbinbilla (Paddys River District) ACT