Press Release #1


Australians to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Lunar landing

The most significant achievement of the 20th century must be the Apollo missions to land humans on the Moon and return them safely to Earth.

Many will remember watching Neil Armstrong’s first steps onto the lunar surface on July 21, 1969 (local time). Over 20% of the entire population of the Earth were united via television in the joy of that achievement.

The first TV pictures of those steps came through the Honeysuckle Creek tracking station near Canberra. The images of Neil Armstrong’s first steps are still the most requested news video clip of all time.

Australians played a major role in the Apollo missions, and since the 20th anniversary in 1989 groups of ex- space trackers have celebrated on the 21st of July and held reunions with those personnel directly involved from Honeysuckle Creek, Tidbinbilla, and Carnarvon tracking stations, plus the CSIRO’s Parkes radio telescope, as well as many other involved facilities from around the world..

We are now approaching the 50th Anniversary in July 2019, and there are still a few of us left – so we are intent on making this the last, biggest and best celebration yet.

We have formed a committee to make sure that the events to be held in Canberra and around Australia are not duplicated and to encourage local and national organisations to join us in this last major event to include workers from that time.

Please check for news of the preparations, and feel free to join us on the Honeysuckle mailing list at

We would appreciate hearing from any group or organisation planning 50th anniversary Apollo events or other related activities. We can possibly assist each other or at least avoid duplications and stretching of available resources.

You can also contact us via Email to John Saxon – or Colin Mackellar –

At this point we would love to hear from potential sponsors or others who would like to contribute to the celebration of humanity’s greatest adventure and Australia’s role in the Apollo 11 mission.

Yours Sincerely

Australian Apollo11 Anniversary Committee