Carnarvon Space and Technology MuseumOn 21. September 2019 by Cookie
Carnarvon made an important contribution to the moon landing. Even when the facilities are not in use anymore, the town is quite proud of their history. For a few years, there thus exists the Carnarvon Space and Technology Museum. And in the year of the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, we surely could not miss that.
The OTC Dish, or OTC Satellite Earth Station, is already visible on its hill from far away, when driving towards the town. The original facility, where the communication with the Apollo capsule took place, has been demolished since. But beneath the OTC Dish is the museum, and it is really quirky. It’s a hotchpotch of memorabilia – NASA, moon landing, lots of technical devices and electronics from the 60s and 70s, not all of them related in any kind to space travel – and has a lot of information boards and videos. Also, there is a replica of the Apollo 11 capsule, in which you can relive the first 7 minutes of the mission. Including the shaking and the noise – not in any way as intense as the real thing, I imagine though.
The whole thing was not built solely for the Apollo mission, but also for data transmission, radio and tv. It was kind of touching to see the first live broadcast from Australia to the BBC in London in 1966 took place in Carnarvon. 1966 – and three years later, they did a live broadcast from the moon! Crazy, how fast the technology has advanced. And how crazy it is that I am sitting here with my laptop – 125 km from the last and 340 km to the next town, and that I am writing a post that anyone, all over the world, can read on the internet.