• India reaches the moon

    Malcolm Davis     |      August 26, 2023

    History was made this week when India made the first-ever landing on the moon’s south pole. It will be a long journey, but Chandrayaan-3 has made a bold step towards a golden age in space exploration for humanity.

  • Looking north into space

    Malcolm Davis     |      August 24, 2023

    A new report outlines Australia’s bright potential in the space industry, but it will take commitment from all stakeholders to turn aspirations into reality.

  • The great game of asteroids

    Steven Tingay     |      August 6, 2023

    Thousands of asteroids orbit our solar system, and our planet continues to have frequent but low-impact collisions with small asteroids, and rare but high-impact collisions with larger ones.

  • Keeping Australia safe in space

    Malcolm Davis     |      August 2, 2023

    Australia must be prepared to challenge traditional mindsets on the use of space and be willing to shift away from traditional approaches to the provision of space capabilities in a much more contested domain.

  • Man on the Moon

    Malcolm Davis     |      July 23, 2023

    When Neil Armstrong stepped onto on the moon 54 years ago, he and his fellow astronauts were taking humanity’s first giant leap towards becoming a spacefaring civilisation.

  • A blow for the Australian space sector

    Bec Shrimpton     |      July 1, 2023

    In a brutal blow to Australia’s space sector, future economy, industrial base and international reputation, the Australian government has axed the National Space Mission for Earth Observation (NSMEO), doubling down on the recent cancelling of both the Australian spaceports program and funding for space access, which aimed at getting Australian space tech into the global space economy.

  • The place for space in the Defence Review

    Malcolm Davis     |      May 9, 2023

    Australia’s 2023 Defence Strategic Review has moved space up the agenda as a key element of integrated military capability.

  • Launching from Australia

    James Palmer     |      April 30, 2023

    A domestically owned, globally competitive strategic launch infrastructure that prioritises Australian interests is an essential first step in realising Australia’s ambitious space plans, strengthening our defence capability and developing a sophisticated, resilient economy.

  • SpaceXplosion

    Wendy Whitman Cobb     |      April 21, 2023

    The loss of the first SpaceX Heavy – the world’s largest rocket – and its Starship payload on its first test flight is just an expensive hiccup towards eventual success.

  • Europa report

    Mike Sori     |      April 14, 2023

    While people have speculated about life on arid Mars or cloudy Venus for hundreds of years, the best chances of discovering alien forms lies in delving into the liquid oceans beneath the ice caps of Jupiter’s moons.

  • Space treaties and Australia

    Stacey Henderson     |      April 8, 2023

    There’s growing recognition of the importance of space to Australia’s economic, social, and national security interests and Australia may soon find itself torn between its obligations under international space law and its involvement in internationally collaborative space activities.

  • Could current rovers find life on Mars?

    Belinda Ferrari     |      February 24, 2023

    New research published in Nature Communications suggests the equipment carried by Mars rovers might not be able to detect life on the Red Planet, even if it exists there, as it can fail to do so on Earth.