20120620 2230 ZULU Woomera
Awoke this morning at the backpackers in Woomera. Continued the morning ritual by waking, getting dressed and packing the car.
Headed into the centre of the townsite and begun wandering around the various heritage exhibits. My mission for the trip out to Woomera was to find out what the place was like and to try and find out some history about the time my maternal grandfather spent out at the facility. I didn’t find out much on that front, but have a few ideas how to find out more.
It was a strange place to visit. The townsite hasn’t remained static from the heydays of its earlier activities, but neither has it reflected the orginal promise of the facility – that is, to continue to do excellent rocket and space research. Geography got the better of the site for space purposes (not good for satellites) and perhaps a different location should have been chosen. Rocketry now seems to be a mostly known field (at least for Australia and its allies)
Like Cook, the townsite is a creation of necessity and is not majorly dissimilar to other parts of South Australia.
Left just after 11am and headed back on the long drive to Adelaide. Arrived a bit worse for wear with a head cold *sniffle*
Animals seen today: Sheep
UFOs seen today: One