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Apollo Moon Landing - Downlink Tidbinbilla ACT Canberra Australia

20th July 1968 at 2017 hrs UTC



Tidbinbilla Downlink Station



On the 20th of July 1969 at 2017 hrs UTC Apollo 11 was the first human spacecraft landing on the Moon. The first steps by humans on another planetary body were taken by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin. A very important link in the NASA Mission played the Downlink Station at Tidbinbilla in the Australian National Capital near Canberra. The technical equipment used a the Tidbinbilla Observatory came from NASA and became later part of the CSIRO.
The radio telescopes at Tidbinbilla are operated by the Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex, part of NASA's Deep Space Network. This is a part of the Host Country agreement with NASA.
The Tidbinbilla 70-m (DSS43) antenna and the 34-m (DSS-34) antenna are also used together with the Long Baseline Array and other radio telescopes, for Very Long Baseline Interferometry.

The Downlink technical equipment shown below is the main part of the Download Link used by NASA for the transmission between the orbiter, the crew, and the astronauts. Nowadays, the broadcasting equipment looks clumsy and antiquated. At the time these items have been the state of the art transceivers.

Gordon Y. Land of Radio and Media Productions was very fortuned to take pictures of the original broadcasting equipment exhibited by his friends of Watts Communications at Fyshwick, Australian Capital Territory of Australia (ACT). Photos have been taken with Sony A7R and Carl Zeiss optics.

Antenna System Mains


Transceivers and Antenna System


Explanation Sign


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