Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Happy Birthday to the Dish that looked at the Moon


It was 50 years ago that the giant radio telescope known by Australians as The Dish started operating in a sheep paddock in central western New South Wales.
Astronomers from around the world are in Parkes to celebrate the telescope's history and scientific discoveries.
Set among paddocks of yellow canola, golden wheat and sheep, the Parkes telescope is known for its role in helping broadcast one of modern history's biggest events: images of the first man landing on the moon.
The moments were further engrained in Australian culture by the locally made film, The Dish, which was made 11 years ago.

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