One night recently, two of my friends took me down to Honeysuckle Creek because of something Vonda McIntyre said to me. I wanted an excuse, for in all my years in Canberra, I’ve never been there and Vonda gave me that excuse. I’ve been past there, but I’d never stopped and I’d never walked on the same ground the scientists walked when they were receiving the first pictures of the moon landing.
Honeysuckle Creek is where it happened first. Later, images were received in Parkes, where the film The Dish is set, but it was a dish like this that first grabbed the moon landings in 1969. It’s now sitting at Tidbinbilla, keeping operational dishes company. The dish in this picture was adjusting to catch data from one of the current missions. Juno, from memory (but don’t trust my memory!).
Chris and Elizabeth and I left just before twilight, for Vonda and I had talked about the stars. Here are some of the stars Chris photographed.
They aren’t the ones I wanted, so maybe that will happen another day and in a different place. There were too many trees at Honeysuckle Creek and we were too close to town. You can see some of the stars I was after in this picture, but not enough to make out a pattern.
Instead of seeing the flying emu (which was our goal, but we could only see a segment of it) we saw the friendly possum and her child. She investigated all of us and made a dash for the chocolate-coated honeycake.