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Celebrating #Apollo50Aus on Twitter

By Kara Hinesley

On July 20, 1969 the first man landed and walked on the moon. It was a feat of human invention that embodied the era’s spirit of curiosity and adventure. 

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As we approach the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 and that ‘one giant leap for mankind’, Twitter and NASA have teamed up for a launch of our own. 

From the days spanning the capsule’s launch to it’s safe return to Earth, you can commemorate the historic anniversary by Tweeting with a special edition emoji. 

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The emoji design features a retro astronaut framed by the moon and will appear on any Tweets using the hashtags #Apollo50th and #Apollo50AUS.

The Aussie hashtag recognises Australia’s unique contribution in broadcasting the moon landing to the world. NASA’s Honeysuckle Creek Tracking Station near Canberra, and CSIRO’s Parkes radio telescope (‘The Dish’) in New South Wales both played an important role in history, when they received and broadcast Apollo 11. Australian telescopes received the television signals that allowed six hundred million people, one fifth of humanity at the time, to watch the broadcast.

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Twitter users around the globe, whether they’re astronauts, historians, or hobbyists, are joining the conversation in the lead up to the anniversary with Tweets sharing images, facts, and stories about the moon landing. 

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Follow these accounts to learn more about the historic moment:

Join us on Twitter to be part of the conversation in Australia and celebrate #Apollo50AUS.

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That’s one small Tweet for man, one giant Twitterverse for mankind. 

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Kara Hinesley

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Head of Public Policy, Australia and New Zealand

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