A dusk image of a radio telescope tilted forward.

CSIRO's Parkes radio telescope.

The Dish turns 45

In this seven-minute podcast, Dr John Reynolds discusses the Parkes radio telescope and its place in Australia’s history. (6:41)

  • 5 December 2006 | Updated 25 November 2011
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The Telescope in Parkes opened in October 1961, and has been an icon of Australian science ever since.

It is famous for its reception of the television images of the first Moon walk in 1969 and is normally used to detect the faint radio emissions from objects in space.

Dr John Reynolds, the Officer-in-charge of the telescope, talks about the facility’s role in astronomy over the past 45 years.

Read more about Parkes, NSW (Parkes radio telescope).