To be human means to take on challenges. And one of the biggest challenges of the 20th century was to land a man on the moon.
The Parkes Radio Telescope played an important role in those Apollo moon missions. Receivers at Honeysuckle Creek, Parkes and Goldstone all received the video signal of the moonwalk, and the best signal was chosen for the live international television broadcast. The beginning of the broadcast mostly came from Honeysuckle Creek (in particular, the momement of Armstrong stepping onto the moon) with parts from Goldstone. But the video signal from Parkes was used for the rest of the broadcast (from 8 minutes 57 seconds into the broadcast, to the end of the 2.5 hour moowalk).
Fifty years on, I visited Parkes and some other moon landing related places in Australia. That also included the filming locations for the movie The Dish, a comedy set in Parkes during the time of the moon landing!
Parkes was one of three tracking stations around the world. Zoom the map out to see the other two locations: Goldstone in California, USA, and near Madrid in Spain. Remember, the world is round like a basketball!