Gingin Observatory has been announced as a finalist in the Tourist Attractions category of the 2010 Western Australian Tourism Awards. The Tourism Council WA announced all the finalists at the Finals Fever Functions held simultaneously in Perth and Margaret River on 19 October 2010.
All Observatory staff attended the event to hear the exciting news. Gingin Observatory’s Head Astronomer, Mr Grant Thornett (AKA Mr Universe!), said “This is a great achievement for the Observatory. We’re a great team of science communicators at Gingin Observatory and it’s a wonderful reward to be recognised as one of the top attractions in the WA tourism industry.”
Gingin Observatory now plan for 2014 to enter again for the Tourism Awards in WA. We truly think that this time we have a good chance of winning an award as we believe that the Gingin Observatory is the only one of its kind in Australia. Following our live stream broadcast for NASA TV Live, The Gingin Observatory is now recognised by over 8 million viewers. It apparently eclipsed the previous title holder - the landing of Mars Science Lab. There were 1.4million viewers during the live commentary on the closest approach of the Asteroid 2012 DA 14. Thankyou to NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in the California Institute of Technology for allowing us have the privalige of being involved in this historic event and thankyou to our Team for without them we could not of done it !!