27 September 2023

Aiming high for moon celebrations

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Canberra’s Minister Assisting the Chief Minister on Advanced Technologies and Space Industries, Mick Gentleman, has joined in the celebrations of the 1969 moon landing, encouraging locals to explore the ACT’s strong links with space and technology in general.

Mick Gentleman said the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing was the perfect time for Canberrans to go to events and immerse themselves in the rich space history of our region.

Mr Gentleman said new signage and facilities had been installed at the Honeysuckle Creek Tracking Station, including a ‘star lounge’ for visitors to lay back and look at the stars, signage about the cultural connection between Ngunnawal people and the stars, and signs that linked Canberra’s three space sites with engaging walking trails.

“The Government has partnered with the Australian National University to deliver a suite of activities and events to commemorate the Apollo 11 missions,” Mr Gentleman said.

“These include panels with former Australian astronaut, Andrew Thomas, stargazing at Mount Stromlo, meteorite displays, public lectures and talks, fireside chats with local Ngunnawal Elder Wally Bell and guided bus tours of Canberra’s space sites,” he said.

He said a range of receptions, talks, plaque unveilings, photo opportunities, and a celebration lunch were also on the agend .

More information about the ACT’s moon landing celebrations can be found on the Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate’s website at this PS News link.

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