Parkes Observatory was a pet project for former WWII radar engineer and proud Welshman E. G. "Taffy" Bowen, who used various connections to gather funding for one of the world’s most important space observation centres. Earmarked as one of three stations to broadcast footage of Neil Armstrong taking his giant leap for Mankind, Parkes’ signal was so superior they used it for almost the entire 2 ½ hour transmission. Events in the leadup to this were popularised in the film “The Dish”. The state of the art equipment is still making waves today. Over half the known pulsars were discovered here, as well as the biggest blind scan for other galaxies. A modern exhibition introduces highlights of The Dish’s impressive history, and answers some astronomical questions. A 3D film shows the glorious wonders of the universe, and you can watch the mechanical marvel involved in moving a 1000 ton aluminum.
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