CSIRO Parkes Observatory

Commissioned in 1961, this 64-metre CSIRO telescope has been used for globally important astronomical research such as identifying the first quasar in 1963, mapping important regions of the Milky Way and the NASA Apollo moon missions. The CSIRO telescope was most famously instrumental in transmitting images of Neil Armstrong’s first steps on the moon. The story of this event is portrayed in the film The Dish (2000). The visitor centre explains the uses of the telescope and has 3D displays

Contact details

Australia Telescope National Facility, Parkes Observatory, 473 Telescope Rd, Parkes; Visitor centre: (02) 6861 1777


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