Moon Stories: The Day the World Changed

Moon Stories: The Day the World Changed!  is a project that commemorates the 50th anniversary year of the broadcast of the first Moon Walk from the Honeysuckle Creek Tracking Station, just outside the ACT. It deals with history, human footprints, cultural differences and ‘deep time’. The project establishes partnerships between Parks ACT, Heritage ACT, NASA/CSIRO (via the Deep Space Tracking Station), Namadgi High School, Mt Stromlo/ANU, and members of the community, sharing ‘moon walk memories’ and our aspirations for the future–on earth, and in the skies. It incorporates a group of Canberra dancers over 55 (Canberra Dance Theatre’s GOLDS) and media/technology students from the Faculty of Arts and Design, Canberra University.

Ngunnawal  elder Tyronne Bell shared his wisdom about indigenous knowledge of the stars with the school children; and artist John Reid and collaborators created a special public event ‘Walking the Solar System with Moon in Tow. Mount Stromlo ACT. ANU Moon Week. 2019’.

  • John Reid Walking the Solar System with Moon in Tow. Mount Stromlo ACT. 17 July 2019 [part of ANU Moon Week, 2019].
    Rob and Sandie Little / RLDI: Photography / post-production.
    Zsuzsi Soboslay / Body Ecology: Coach
    Wally Truesdale and Giselle Nathan Marshals. Artwork in situ:
    Anne Graham Walking on the moon. 2007

Download the 5MB PDF of Rob Little’s stunning photographic record of the event (as depicted above).

Stromlo WTSS 17 July

Adjunct activities include:

Augmented reality [AR] content,  created for the ACT Heritage ‘Canberra Tracks’ digital way-finding app. The app features interviews with John Saxon, Operations Supervisor during the first moon walk broadcast.   The AR clips are activated from a collector’s set of 4 postcards specially designed to celebrate the Anniversary.

First Steps
Moon Rock
Time Capsule
Space Race
AR Code Instructions

This project has received generous funding from the ACT Heritage Council. The project runs from February-July 2019, with performances at Namadgi Visitor’s Centre [April 30] and Mt Stromlo [July 12].