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Re: Info about OSCAR on Moon surface

On Tue, 07 May 2002 00:11:14 -0700, Phil Karn wrote:

>Check out the (excellent) movie "The Dish". There was a good
>reason for using such a large antenna.

If you want more, the URL for Parkes is

The Visitor's Centre has some of the gear they made for
the movie - since the facilities have been updated over
the years, the current control room doesn't look anything
like it did in 1969. They also have a bunch of information
about the movie, noting things that really happened (e.g.
the windstorm), and things that made a good story (e.g.
the power failure). Sweeping the dish around to peak
signals was in fact standard practice, but they do *not*
play cricket on the dish...

The day I was there they were mapping pulsars in the Large
Magellanic Cloud. It's still in the middle of a big
field, but there didn't seem to be many sheep around.

The town scenes were shot in the next town down the
road, Forbes. Parkes has been built up too much since the
Apollo era, but Forbes still has most of its old
buildings intact in the city centre.

Laura Halliday VE7LDH     "Que les nuages soient notre
Grid: CN89lg                    pied a terre..."
ICBM: 49 16.57 N 123 0.24 W        - Hospital/Shafte

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