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Cotter & Deep Space Tracking Station

Monday, 1 October 2012

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Best day for a while, bitterly cold but cloudless and hardly a breeze. Perfect day to take a drive out to the Cotter. It has been 15 years or so since we last visited this area and it should be no surprise that there have been some significant changes. Huge areas that were one-time pine forests are now new housing estates and the old road is not where it used to be !!

The area around the Cotter Dam has been recently upgraded and is now an attractive destination for a family out in a picnic. I hate to think what the crowds would be like in the warmer weather. There is also a continued construction project as the height of the dam wall is being increased to provide more drinking water for the growing population of the city.

We travelled out a further 12 Km to the Canberra Deep Space Tracking Station, a facility operated by the CSIRO on behalf of NASA. This dish played a vital role in the moon landing when it was the sole earth station that had radio contact with the craft as it approached the moon.

Stopped for a cuppa with Bert and returned to the caravan and checked out the new arrivals. We even had to open some of the windows as it had become quite warm inside.

Not planning to do anything energetic for the remainder of the day. The Smiths, MacDonalds and Dustings will be leaving in the morning so we'll most likely be gathering for a farewell drink.

After dinner I dragged Jenny out into the cold so that I could take some night shots from Mount Ainslie, stopped at the War Memorial along the way and managed to capture some interesting images.

Posted by greynomadm 20:30 Archived in Australia

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Lots of changes out there dad. Weston Creek is massive now! Hope you got some good shots off Mt Ainslie. Shoulda told us you were doing night shoots...we would have joined you!

by DrTard

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