Photographer's Note

The tiny town of Parkes is located 370 kilometres west of Sydney. It is famous for 3 things:

It is the childhood home of guitar legends Tommy and Phil Emmanuel: The Emannuel Brothers

Parkes boasts the largest per capita amount of Elvis impersonators in the Southern Hemisphere.

It is the home of The Dish, the famous CSIRO radio telescope.

Located in a sheep paddock, The Dish was responsible for receiving and relaying visual and audio images from the 1969 Apollo 11 Moon Landing. At the time it was the largest radio telescope in the Southern Hemisphere and worked in conjunction with Houston to receive communications when the moon was on the "Australian Side" of the Earth. It is the greatest scientific instrument ever built in Australia.

The Dish has since been involved in the Mariner 2, Mariner 4, Voyager, Galileo, Giotto and Cassini-Huygens space missions.

The Dish is 64 metres in diameter and has an antenna 18 metres long. It is constantly moving and has worked virtually every day since its construction in 1961.

If you haven't seen it before, The Dish is a very funny Australian film about the Moonwalk and Parkes' role in it.

The Moon Landing

The Dish

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