Honeysuckle Creek Tracking Station, outside Canberra, Australia, was one of the three main stations built by NASA to support the lunar phases of the Apollo missions.
It was through Honeysuckle Creek that the world saw Neil Armstrong step onto the Moon in July 1969.
At Honeysuckle’s video console, Video Tech, Ed von Renouard, processed the TV from Tranquillity Base before it went out to the world.
On the day of the Apollo 11 Moonwalk, Ed used his Super 8 movie camera to record the activity at the tracking station – as well as TV from the Moon (in real time and also from telemetry tapes immediately afterwards). This was intended as a personal souvenir of the day.
In mid-2005, Ed found his unique record of Apollo 11 and Honeysuckle Creek, and this video is the result.
The footage was scanned by the BBC in London. The resultant files were edited into the correct sequence, with synchronised air/ground audio (mostly recorded at Honeysuckle Creek) added, by Colin Mackellar.
Super 8 film cartridges were only 3 minutes and 20 seconds long – so most of Ed’s sequences are short – but his film is unique and gives a glimpse into life at Honeysuckle Creek at the peak of the Apollo Moon missions.
Special thanks to Ed von Renouard for this footage, as well as Tim Emblem-English, David Woods, Bill Wood, Eric Jones, Ron Wells, Mike Dinn, John Saxon and many others for their help and encouragement.
Dedicated to the men and women of Honeysuckle Creek, Tidbinbilla, Carnarvon, and the other stations of the Manned Space Flight Network, the NASCOM Deakin Switching Centre, as well as those at the Parkes Radio Telescope, PMG, OTC, AWA and others who supported the mission.
Compilation © Colin Mackellar 2006 and 2019.
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P.S. - I plan to add the names of all the Honeysuckle trackers - and the times they appear - soon.