Saturday , November 28 2020

Dirt mining on the other moon legend

QUEENSLAND space dish was the first station that transmitted the iconic moon landing images that were watched by millions around the world.

Although our southern relatives at Parkes, NSW, and Honeysuckle Creek, ACT, claimed they had received the first signal from Apollo 11, the Cooby Creek Tracing Station which turned the signal to the iconic TV images and which were broadcast on July 20, 1969 (US Time).

The 20km north to Toowoomba station was the first place with the necessary technology to convert the signal to American standardized photos needed to transfer a movie to NASA.

Patrick Hetherton 82, one of the scientists, worked at the experimental tracking station set up to test and develop satellite communications and spacecraft technology.

The 30-year-old scientist then worked on evenings on the day of the landing, but came back to breakfast after work to assist the air to the historic moment to & # 39; r world.

And it was incredible, & # 39; he says.

Queensland space station was an integral asset to the space community in the production of communications technology that we rely on today.

The scientists from Cooby Creek station set the blueprints for our current satellite and GPS mobile tracking technology.

Patrick Hetherman with models of Cooby Creek Tracking Station near Toowoomba. Photo: David Martinelli

Patrick Hetherman with models of Cooby Creek Tracking Station near Toowoomba. Photo: David Martinelli

Mr Hetherton said Cooby's achievements and innovative developments were often kept secretly in a bid to be in front of the Soviet Rush race competitor.

"It was a Cold War time," he said.

"On the scientific side of space communication and development, we were still competing with the Russians."

At that time, Australia had the largest number of space stations outside the US and was an integral part of NASA's golden space exploration of space.

The station also claims that this is the first place to broadcast television from overseas from Australia, broadcasting pieces of a group of small Toowoomba small scouts talking.

In 2016, Mr Hetherton and members of staff established before Cooby Cooby Space Tracing Society to help celebrate the 50th anniversary of the station.

He was referred to as the Creakers, the group restarted the white caravan tracking station and commissioned a satellite dish to help commemorate the historic legacy.

"It was a pretty emotional event," he said.

Queensland station memorials and history can be found at the Cobb and Co Museum in Toowoomba.

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