Missed the race

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I SEEM to be al­ways too late for this space race in­dus­try pro­gram.

Dur­ing my high school years in the late 1960s, watch­ing the Apollo pro­gram, I said that I wanted to work at the Is­land La­goon track­ing sta­tion, near Woomera.

It closed when I left school, though dur­ing my sub­se­quent tech­ni­cal train­ing cour­ses one of my tu­tors ac­tu­ally worked as part of the Apollo pro­gram at Is­land La­goon.

Also dur­ing my work­ing life, a num­ber of col­leagues had worked at both the Woomera space pro­grams and re­lated fields but had to find al­ter­na­tive em­ploy­ment as th­ese pro­grams closed.

Later in life I had the op­por­tu­nity to work at the Tid­bin­billa Track­ing Sta­tion, but some facts of life told me it was not for me at that time.

One con­ces­sion, I have met Andy Thomas and ac­tu­ally spoke with him while he was in space on the space sta­tion MIR.

Now the space in­dus­try is ramping up again, but it is too late for me as I am now well and truly re­tired, so I miss out again.

Any­way, for the younger gen­er­a­tions, go for it, this will

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