After Hours

IBM and UNIVAC in the Apollo Program

Original IBM uniforms at Apollo Mission Control Exhibit at KSC

When I was at Kennedy Space Center on vacation this year, I managed to snap a photo of these original IBM flight shirts. These consoles are the original used on the Apollo mission, and you can see the original Mission Control center as it was when you visit Kennedy Space Center.


The radio telescope pictured is at Parkes, not Perth. There was a tracking station at Honeysuckle Creek near Canberra that did most of the work, but the Parkes radiotelescope was also used. see for some accuracies and inaccuracies about the film "The Dish". Honeysuckle Creek was closed down in 1981 and its dish moved to the current Deep Space Network tracking station at Tidbinbilla, also near Canberra. See A tracking station at Muchea 40Km north of Perth was used for the Mercury missions. A station at Carnarvon 800KM north of Perth was used for Gemini and Apollo. Information on both of these is available on Wikipedia