Apollo 11 is a celebration of human achievement

Just as the world stopped to watch Neil Armstrong take one giant step 50 years ago, this week the world is stopping to commemorate the amazing technological achievement of the first moon landing and the people who made it possible.

Deputy Leader of the Opposition Nicole Lawder said Canberrans should feel proud of the important role the ACT played in the historic Apollo 11 mission.

The Honeysuckle Creek Tracking Station relayed the first pictures of humankind’s first steps on the moon, cementing its place in history.

The dish that relayed that video still stands at Tidbinbilla Space Tracking Station, although no longer in use.

“The moon landing is a celebration of human achievement,” Ms Lawder said.

“We are celebrating a technological achievement so grand that it captured the hearts and minds of millions of people around the world in one moment.

“I am proud to have worked with many of the space trackers who were part of this tremendous moment in history.

“While I remember watching the Apollo 11 mission at primary school, it was my time working at the Tidbinbilla Tracking Station that cemented my knowledge and interest in the Apollo missions and in space exploration.

“On behalf of the Canberra Liberals, I want to honour the space trackers who played an important role in the Apollo 11 mission, many of whom still call Canberra home.

“They have made their mark in history.

“All Canberrans should feel proud of the important role the ACT made in the historic Apollo 11 mission,” Ms Lawder said.