As I mentioned on the phone, I am working on a research project for the newly opened Carnarvon Space and Technology Museum in Carnarvon Western Australia.

As mentioned on the phone I have come across a 16mm black and white NASA film dating back to around 1964 which was used to welcome Carnarvon in Western Australian to the network of tracking stations for the Gemini and Apollo missions. Presented by Edmond C Buckley, (1904-1977) and James Edwin Webb administrator of NASA from February 14, 1961 to October 7, 1968.

On the film reel itself is a serial number 64-5093, Title is Carnarvon Welcome. There is an old sticker with NASA logo that reads " Apollo NASA – Carnarvon Tracking Station – Western Australia".

Running time is 9 minutes. It has an optical sound track.

Bill Barry from NASA HQ has done a lot of work trying to track down any reference to the film but with limited success, however Mr Barry believes this film may have been a special project created by ED Buckley.

Around 4 weeks ago we put the film on YouTube and we have been surprised and delighted with the response. There has been 32,918 views and 341 likes, the video can be seen here -

We are in the process of acquiring funding from our state government to have the film fully restored.

At this time NASA have no record of this film and as far as I know there are only 2 copies left in existence, one is in the Australian National Sound and Film Archives - which does not have sound and has a bad scratch through the center of the picture, and the other copy is the one I have and is on youtube.

As I mentioned, the film contains scenes of various tracking stations including The Canary Islands, my hope is that someone who worked at these tracking stations may remember the film crew who were involved in the making of this film and would then be able to help us find the original film.

If you could help us in any way please don't hesitate to contact me.

Thankyou again for your help

Kind Regards

Brian Larwood