Guest Post – Politics and Spaceflight: Get Out of My Way!

Emma is one of my regular guest bloggers. I feel really thrilled about the possibility to post one educating post of this great blogger once a month over the next couple of months. Thank you so much, Emma, for sharing these great posts with us! If you would like to check out the previous guest posts, this amazing blogger wrote for me, head over here.


NASA was established by a president of the United States—Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1958. NASA has long been pushed along by both George W. Bush and the current president of the United States, Barrack Obama. And John F. Kennedy was one of the most famous presidential advocates for the space race, back in 1961. Because NASA is a publicly funded program that thrives on both public and government support, it has to continually adjust its goals to match public opinion and presidential aims.

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The Dish – Did You Know…

… That the Parkes Observatory had an important role in relaying live television of man’s first steps on the moon during the Apollo 11 mission in 1969. It has been in operation since 1961.

Parkes radio telescope was one of the first to be built as a big, movable dish. The moving part of the telescope weighs 1000 tonnes – as much as two Boeing 747s – but it’s not fixed to the tower. Instead, the giant dish sits on top of the control tower with its own weight holding it down. 

Parkes is approximately 380km outside of Sydney.