The Deep Space Network

Robotic space probes have been venturing into the depths of the Solar System since the 1960s. The Deep Space Network (DSN) makes it possible to communicate with such craft. There are three facilities across the Earth: (1) Goldstone, California; (2) Canberra, Australia and (3) Madrid, Spain. The DSN has a proud history and has made... Continue Reading →

1957–58: The International Geophysical Year

Between 1 July, 1957, and December 31, 1958, scientists from 67 different countries took part in the International Geophysical Year (IGY). The worldwide study focused on the Earth’s physical properties and processes, covering scientific fields such as meteorology, seismology, oceanography, glaciology and others. Not only did it lead to some of the most important discoveries... Continue Reading →

Andy Thomas: Australia’s Astronaut

Former astronaut Andy Thomas turned 70 years old today (December 18). Besides having a distinguished career with NASA, he has achieved much as an Australian in space. Even now, Thomas continues to champion the development of the space sector in our country. Thomas grew up in Adelaide and was fascinated with space from a young... Continue Reading →

Australia’s Antarctic Ships

On October 16, 2021, the Australian Antarctic Division’s (AAD) brand-new icebreaker RSV Nuyina arrived in its homeport of Hobart for the very first time. The ship will carry expeditioners to and from the bottom of the world, resupply Australia’s sub-Antarctic and polar stations and will be crucial in future scientific discoveries. Nuyina builds upon a... Continue Reading →

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