• Getting into space with Artemis

    Malcolm Davis     |      November 1, 2019

    Australia is set to play a crucial role in NASA’s planned return to the moon in 2024, however despite the excitement surrounding the new ‘space race’, there is no certainty that the mission will go ahead.

  • Space can solve our resource shortages

    Richard Matthews     |      October 7, 2019

    Australia’s space industry could help replenish the dwindling stocks of precious resources on Earth, but space companies also need to learn some key lessons about sustainability.

  • Australia’s moonshot

    Malcolm Davis     |      September 28, 2019

    In another sign that the government is serious about supporting new Australian endeavours in space, the Australian Space Agency and NASA will cooperate on the ‘Artemis’ project to return astronauts to the moon in 2024.

  • Aussie satellite tech set to cover the seas

    Lachlan Gilbert     |      September 25, 2019

    UNSW Sydney engineers are developing new satellite technology that can be used to determine the state of the planet’s seas as well as a number of other useful applications.

  • Preparing for Mars – in the outback

    Isabelle Dubach     |      September 3, 2019

    UNSW scientists have shown a group of Mars specialists the secrets of the remote Pilbara’s ancient rocks to prepare for NASA’s and ESA’s future missions to the red planet.

  • Unraveling the stories in our stars

    Charles Kemp     |      August 20, 2019

    Throughout time, humankind has looked to the stars and recounted the meaning they see. We know this is true of many cultures, in many places. But time and place have influenced those narratives and how they were passed on.

  • Australia can land a Moon mission

    Andrew Dempster     |      August 4, 2019

    Australia should be involved in any new mission to the Moon. We have the interest and the expertise so let’s be part of the race.

  • Space 2069

    Daryl Holland     |      July 23, 2019

    Much has been achieved in space since the first manned moon landing half a century ago, but what new ‘giant leap’ will we all be talking about 50 years from now?

  • Australia in deep space

    David Flannery     |      July 21, 2019

    Australia has played up the role played by the Parkes radio telescope in the Apollo programme, but it’s time to look to the future. We have the skills to participate in multi-national deep space missions, all we lack is the courage to imagine what is possible, and the confidence in our ability to succeed.

  • Back to the moon and on to Mars?

    Malcolm Davis     |      July 19, 2019

    Saturday 20 July 2019 marks 50 years since the landing of Apollo 11 on the Sea of Tranquility. After decades of inaction, increasing superpower competition and commercial innovation may see a new generation escaping the Earth’s gravity well once again.

  • The music of the spheres

    Kenny McAlpine     |      July 16, 2019

    To mark the 50th anniversary of the moon landings, NASA and the European Space Agency have released a collection of sounds spanning the history of space travel and astronomy. 

  • Microgravity research offers a niche for Australian rockets

    Gail Iles     |      July 2, 2019

    Thanks to the proximity of northern Australia to the equator and expertise in ground station operation, Australia has an opportunity to carve out a niche in launching sounding rockets to conduct microgravity research.