Saturday, December 22, 2007

The Dish, Parkes

0712 The Dish, Parkes
Originally uploaded by rooruu.

Although I'd seen the film, The Dish, and knew of the radio telescope's role in the lunar landings, this was the first time I'd seen it for real, looming among the paddocks beside the highway outside Parkes, NSW. It's still an international astronomical facility.

(It wasn't easy to get a good photo - not so much because of the haze, but because of the relentless flies. It's tricky to focus a camera and stay still when they're crawling on your hands and face - you wave them away and they come right back.)

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