Six hundred million people saw live black and white television – but where do they come from?
A new book presents the crucial role that a group of Australians have played in bringing the event to the world.
His author, Andrew Tink, claims the record needs full regulation of the role played by the Honeysuckle Creek tracking station near Canberra. The Fiction Film of 2000 The plate maybe it was a good drama, but it was not a good story, he says.
For the first six minutes of broadcast, mission control took its video feed directly from the ACT tracking station.
At that time, the moon did not grow enough for another Austrian tracking station, Parkes, north to New South Wales to get a good signal, and the California tracking station left control of the mission.
So, Honeysuckle Creek has provided images of the crucial moment when history was made.
If Honeysuckle Creek did not work efficiently, no one would have seen that "giant step for humanity", Mr. Tink, who studied the events carefully, even listening to NASA records at that time and combining the sequence of events.
He says the Houston operator suddenly said, "All the posts, we're switching to Honeysuckle."
That's what they did, capturing the moment Parkes took over.
book, Honeysuckle Creek: Tom Reid's story, a small dish and Neil Armstrong's first step, is just as much with the station as the man who led him – who happens to have been a friend of the author.
Tom Reid was a Glasgian aloud, who joined the British fleet, then the Australian navy, and ended up here. He sailed to Sydney Harbor and never forgot, Tink says.
Reid graduated from the Electrical Engineer, but Mr. Tink says his management skills were just as important as the technical skills.
As new station manager, Reid realized that NASA was dissatisfied with its performance, especially since the space flight between the United States and the Soviet Union had a tremendous political significance during the Cold War.
The survival of the Honeysuckle Creek bay – and even the success of the American space program – depended on the fact that the station was up and running. So he shaken his seat, Tink said, escaping the people he thought did not.
He moved high-skilled engineers and replaced them with less qualified people, who could still behave better in crisis situations.
"Tom Reid was called to sort Honeysuckle what he did," says Tink. "He was pretty ruthless about it."
And management lessons?
Mister. Tink says there are more: continuous perfection, being hard and unconscious in choosing people to work in teams, and sometimes the most skilled people are not the best if they can not cope with pressure.
He thinks the story of Honeysuckle Creek matters because he honors honored both an overlooked Australian achievement and an Australian accomplice who overlooked.
He says that Tom Reid only mentioned the six minutes drama when he said that "it was not planned like that, but it was, and damn, we were ready."
Steve Evans is a reporter for The Canberra Times.