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The homepage of this site, provided by the Australian Broadcasting Association, says, "In the early 1960s, the US began setting up deep-space tracking stations in Australia. Doug Rickard found himself tracking missions to Mars and the moon. Friendly scientific rivalry and those small but spectacular mistakes in space exploration made for a rich episode in Doug's life. These are stories from his memoirs." Memoirs of a Space Engineer includes sometimes humorous accounts of how images of Mars were taken, how data were transferred from the spacecraft to Earth, and the equipment used in the Mariner IV unmanned mission to Mars. The Woomera Deep Space Station, Australia, and the Goldstone Deep Space Tracking Station, California, were the agencies responsible for tracking the missions. Black-and-white photographs from the 1960s accompany the lively, interesting text.

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