23 July 2012
postcards from The Dish in Parkes NSW
In the school holidays we visited The Dish in Parkes NSW. This week is the anniversary of the moon landing too. We grow up in Australia very proud knowing the images of the first man landing on the moon in 1969, came from this humble dish in the middle of a sheep paddock. We arrived as the information centre opened for the day & the weather was perfect, albeit, windy so the dish was locked in the upright position (winds over 35km per hour) just like the anxious moments in the fantastic movie The Dish.
The information centre is free to visit, there are movies (including 3D) which weren't playing when we were there, so we took snapshots & read all the details on the plaques. Did you know i studied physics a University?? It came in handy explaining how the dish & various ancient machines worked (even though i was at Uni in the mid 1990s, the equipment didn't look any more technical than these bulky boxes with chunky dials & knobs!!)
My 3rd daughter (top left) was whispering messages to her brother (top centre) at the other side of the garden, as the discs formed perfect parabolas. Geek heaven - sun dials included!! We're all set for any future school assignments.
The Dish stands out, but it's not ugly, i find circular objects, even serious 68m wide construction, look beautiful anywhere, even across these lush meadows.
Next time you're cruising the Newell Highway (20km outside the Parkes township), absolutely stop by & take a look. They mention these areas in the latest Donna Hay magazine - with a little NSW tourism pull out book too. Love Posie