We stopped in Carnarvon for an overnight stay on our way back to Perth. We must say the town is a bit dated. We almost missed getting lunch as several cafes were closing at 1:30. After Exmouth the place is a let down, but there is one place worth seeing; The Space And Technology Museum.
I am a sucker for anything related to space. I used to follow the U.S. Space program as a subsriber to NASA during the glory days of the 1960s. The museum is the site of the radio dish which transmitted and relayed images from the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo programs.
On site outside is the original large dish along with the Sugar Scoop Antenna which was used to transmit the first satellite TV images to Australia in 1966. There are also two smaller dishes along with a Redstone Rocket with Mercury Capsule on top, similar to the one in which Alan Sheppard made his first suborbital flight.
Inside there is a genuine Gemini capsule and an Apollo simulator in which you get to sit half suspended upside down with a launch countdown and liftoff of Apolo 11. There are various displays of old
consoles, computers and other memorabilia. There are also several rooms devoted to videos of astronomical interest such as the effect that the sun has on our planet and some of the early pioneers who got the facility up and running.
The museum was a surprisingly good find. It was now onward south to Dongara and ultimately back home to Perth.
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