March 2018 Update on Australia’s celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Lunar landing
Much has happened since our initial Press Release in January 2018. There are numerous signs that the 50th anniversary of this remarkable achievement will be acknowledged in spectacular fashion in many parts of the World in July 2019. Certainly, here in Australia, we plan to recognise not only the landing itself but also the part played by a dedicated group of Australians who made invaluable contributions to its success.
Some of the more significant activities this committee has undertaken over the past few months have been –
- We have met with Questacon staff here in Canberra to discuss our mutual ideas of what form the celebration should take. Since its creation in 1988, Questacon has established a great reputation for presenting all forms of science to the general public. This has included numerous space-related topics and it is keen to make a significant contribution to the celebrations. One of the ways it plans to do this is to mount a ?? metre diameter model of the Moon in the form of a balloon showing all the craters on it down to the size of a football?? This will be of interest to many of you as the far side of the Moon is never visible from earth.
- We have been privileged to have Andy Thomas, one of only two Australians who have flown in space, agree to be our Sponsor for the celebrations. Andy was the second of only two Australians to fly in space. His first flight was in 1996 and in total he undertook four Shuttle missions during which he completed over 700 orbits of the earth. (The first was Paul Scully-Power who was born in Australia but became a US citizen in 1982. He undertook just the one Shuttle flight in October 1984).
- The possibility of Australia Post issuing a commemorative stamp and the The Mint producing a coin or coins is being considered and may be decided in the near future.
- We are in the process of applying for a grant under the 2018-2019 round of the Heritage Grants Program. This is an ACT Government program aimed at helping fund projects that ‘promote and conserve our local heritage’. It covers a diverse range of topics, and the total program has been funded to a total of $345,000 for the 2018 – 2019 period. Several priority projects have already been identified, one of which is described as ‘projects that prepare to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing’ so we are hopeful that we will obtain some funding from this source.
Please check www.honeysucklecreek.net for news of the preparations, and feel free to join us on the Honeysuckle mailing list at https://lists.tip.net.au/mailman/listinfo/honeysuckle
We would appreciate hearing from any group or organisation planning 50th anniversary Apollo events or other related activities. You can contact us via Email AA11AC@pcug.org.au or Phone +61 (0)2 6181 4579
We would love to hear from potential sponsors or others who would be prepared to contribute to the celebration of humanity’s greatest adventure, and Australia’s role in the Apollo 11 mission.
Australian Apollo11 Anniversary Committee