The radio telescope at Parkes, New South Wales
On our trip to Parkes in the mid-west of New South Wales we travelled the short distance north of the city to the radio telescope. This telescope has been there for many years and I had long wanted to visit it, but this was the first time for me. My wife argued that she thought that we had visited there early in our married life. It doesn’t matter who was right.
During our time there we looked through the displays in the information centre. We then decided to have an ice-cream. While we sat eating it we had the pleasure of watching the dish slowly changing position. It is an awesome sight to see such a large structure moving.
This telescope played a key role in transmitting signals to the rest of the work during the first landing on the moon. The story of what happened is the plot of the movie called “The Dish.”