Tracking the missions wasn't a problem.Stop with this nosense please. The Russians may well have tried to track the latter "missions to the moon" but still now, it would take a purpose built satellites, pointing away from the earth, not down at the earth. If they tried, they failed. The technology didn't exist. All they know is the running dogs sent a space craft up, and outside of the range of the ve
Our Parkes radio telescope famously supported receiving the television signals on that momentous day. Although many people think the Parkes telescope was the only station receiving the signal, it was the 26-metre antenna at NASA's Honeysuckle Creek space tracking station near Canberra that was the prime station assigned with receiving the initial TV pictures from the Moon and Neil Armstrong's first steps on the lunar surface. (The Tidbinbillla deep space tracking station, today known as the Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex, provided support to the command module in lunar orbit.)
Eight and a half minutes after those first historic images were broadcast around the world, the television signal being received by the larger 64-metre Parkes radio telescope was then selected by NASA to provide the images for the following two hours and 12 minutes of live broadcast as the Apollo 11 astronauts explored the Moon surface.