National Museum of Australia

The National Museum of Australia, in Canberra, houses many historical treasures.

On display was a satellite tracking system console, since this visit was in July 2019, 50 years after the Apollo 11 moon landing.

This particular console was first used at the Island Lagoon Tracking Station at Woomera, South Australia, before being transferred to the tracking station at Orroral Valley, where it was uses between 1966 and 1974.

The Orroral Valley is 38 kms south of Canberra; or 5.5 kms south of Honeysuckle Creek.

Module
Satellite tracking system console
Dials
Switches

This was all analogue technology. Digital technology was rare and expensive in the 1960’s.

Headset
Headset
Fault location panel

This fragment of moon rock came from the Taurus Littrow Valley on the moon, and the small Australian flag was carried on board Apollo 17.

Plaque presented to the Commonwealth of Australia from the USA by Richard Nixon in 1973
Moon rock and Australian flag

See also

External links

Orroral Valley Tracking Station
Article on Wikipedia.
Orroral Valley Tracking Station
Information about the tracking station on honeysucklecreek.net.