Moon landing hero talks to Mundulla Primary School

People across the planet are often astounded about the mysteriousness of space and many can barely comprehend its enormous size.

Only 12 people in Earth's history have stepped on the Moon, and John Saxon has recently spoken to students from Mundulla Primary School about his role in putting the first man on the moon, 50 years ago.

Mr Saxon spent 30 years working for NASA, starting as a panel operator at Honeysuckle Creek Tracking Station during the height of the 'space race' and the famous Apollo 11 mission in 1969.

The organised talk with Mundulla Primary School was conducted via Skype, due to Mr Saxon living in Canberra, and allowed for students to ask a number of interesting questions.

Students have recently been studying space, and the school's choir has joined in by performing space themed numbers.

Principal Joann Packer said before the scheduled talk, students wrote down questions they would like to ask Mr Saxon.

Questions ranged from asking how he got his job at NASA, to what his role was during the historic moment.

Many Australians may be unaware that Honeysuckle Creek Tracking Station was pivotal to the Apollo 11 mission, with people believing Parkes Observatory transmitted Neil Armstrong's moonwalk.

"The transmitter from Honeysuckle Creek picked up the first images of the moonwalk," Mrs Packer said.

Mrs Packer said one of the students asked Mr Saxon about his personal reaction to the successful moon landing.

"He said he was happy that the mission was a success, but he didn't have time to celebrate," Mrs Packer said.

Mr Saxon was then questioned why astronauts haven't returned to the moon since 1972.

"He was annoyed that there hasn't been that many moon landings. He thought there would have been more," Mrs Packer said.

Along with hearing from a man responsible for helping achieve one of the biggest moments in human history, students were also shown interesting images of Honeysuckle Creek Tracking Station.

It was a moment that many of the students cherished, and Mrs Packer said it wouldn't have happened without the assistance of Skype.

"It's funny because he must have thought Mundulla was just outside of Canberra and offered to drive to visit the school. He soon found out it was a little bit further than he thought," Mrs Packer said.

She also mentioned how many of the students learnt that there were pathways for Australians to work for NASA. Mr Saxon's talk may have inspired one of the students to pursue a career in space.

"One of the students went home and said to her parents that she wanted to be an astronaut - her mother had no clue where she got that idea from," Mrs Packer said.

It's not every day someone gets to speak with an individual responsible for getting a man on the moon, but students from Mundulla Primary School were fortunate to be given an out of this world experience.