City of Light - 50 Years in Space

On 20 February 2012 a special event was celebrated in Perth. It was the 50th anniversary of the naming of Perth as the 'City of Light', when American Astronaut John Glenn orbiting the earth looked down from space and saw bright lights emanating from a remote part of the Western Australian coast. John Glenn's acknowledgment of Perth as became part of our popular culture and SRO organised an anniversary event the Northbridge Piazza in association with the Western Australian Museum, the City of Perth, the Hills Amateur Radio Group, ARISS (Amateur Radio on the International Space Station) and NASA.

A competition was held so that school students from around the State could speak to Astronauts in the International Space Station at the Northbridge Piazza, the event being screened at the Piazza, and included video greetings from John Glenn himself.

A video about the 'City of Light' event can be seen on Iinet's Freezone site: and the Western Australian Museum have a photo gallery recording it online

The following is a link to the SRO Blog entries explaining the background to the 'City of Light' event, the competition and showing some of the archives which reveal what occurred in 1962. These blog entries were created in January and February 2012: