The Island Lagoon, South Australia.

The Island Lagoon Tracking Station was the first deep space station to be established outside of the United States, near Woomera, South Australia in November 1960. The land is fairly flat, being hard to imagine unless seen for yourself.

This area was chosen as the Australian government was working with the government of the United Kingdom on rocket and satellite research close by.
The tracking station began as a trailer installation, and was operational in time for the International Geophysical Year of 1957. By the 1960s, the station consisted of permanent buildings and was a major unit in the network. During the American Project Mercury program, it served as station No. 9 in NASA's Manned Space Flight Network.
The station was operated by the Australian Department of Supply and provided support for deep space missions until 22 December 1972.
Subsequent tracking stations built by NASA in Australia were:
  • Carnarvon, Western Australia
  • Muchea, Western Australia
  • Cooby Creek, Queensland
  • Honeysuckle Creek, ACT
  • Orroral Valley, ACT
  • Tidbinbilla, ACT
  • (Information via Wikipedia)
There is a Rest Area.  Island Lagoon is about 155km north from Port Augusta

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