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“Promised the Moon” art exhibition
Curated by Dr Ursula Frederick.
Fifty years after the Apollo 11, artists reflect on the first Moon landing and the Canberra region’s role in this unique mission.
In July 1969, the Apollo 11 mission landed the first human beings on the Moon. The very first television images of Neil Armstrong’s first steps on the Moon were broadcast to the world via the former Honeysuckle Creek Tracking Station just outside of Canberra. Honeysuckle Creek was one of three major stations spaced evenly around the globe capable of communicating with Apollo spacecraft at lunar distance. It was closely supported in the ACT by its ‘wing’ facility, Tidbinbilla Tracking Station (now Canberra Deep Space Communications Complex). Other ACT facilities have also played a part in Apollo and subsequent programs. Fifty years later, the magnitude of that event and its transmission to a global public continues to be felt.