Heritage sites of the US Space Program in Australia: are we managing them adequately?

Dirk Spennemann, Linda Kosmer

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Abstract

Because of Australia's geographical and geopolitical situation, NASA established or utilised a number of space tracking stations on Australian soil. All of the crewed space missions were for part of their orbits controlled from Australian stations, culminating in the landing of the first human being on the moon. While arguably less iconographic than rockets, capsules or launch towers, without these tracking stations mission success and astronaut safety could not be assured. This paper reviews what remains of these stations and how current heritage management in Australia deals with its own tangible evidence of humanity's endeavour to explore space.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)52-64
Number of pages13
JournalQUEST-The History of Spaceflight Quarterly
Volume12
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2005

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