BACKGROUND BRIEFING: Apollo 11 and the future of space exploration

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The 21st of July marks the 50th anniversary of NASA’s Apollo 11 moon landing by Astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin. On that day in 1969 the historic landing, and the first steps onto the moon, were broadcast live around the world thanks to the joint efforts of NASA facilities at Goldstone in California and Honeysuckle Creek near Canberra, as well as CSIRO’s Parkes radio telescope. Join this briefing to hear from the former Deputy Director of the Honeysuckle Creek facility, who remembers the day vividly. He’ll be joined by experts on the future of the space industry from CSIRO, NASA and the Australia Space Agency. The briefing will be a chance to reminisce as well as look forward to the future of space exploration.

Organisation/s: CSIRO, Australian Space Agency, NASA Space Communications and Navigation (SCaN)

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Media Briefing/Press Conference

From: Australian Science Media Centre


  • Mr Anthony Murfett - Deputy Head of the Australian Space Agency
  • Mr Badri Younes - Deputy Associate Administrator for NASA Space Communications and Navigation (SCaN)
  • Dr Sarah Pearce - Deputy Director of CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science
  • Mr Mike Dinn - former Deputy Director of NASA’s Honeysuckle Creek facility

Date: Tuesday 2 July 2019
Start Time: 09:00am AEST/AEDT
Duration: Approx 45 min 
Venue: Online

This briefing has now ended. For a full recording of the briefing, you can click here, or see the link below.


  • Australian Science Media Centre
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    Full briefing recording

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