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 →

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 →

What are CubeSats?

CubeSats are a type of nanosatellite, meaning they weigh anywhere between 1 and 10 kgs. They’re quite versatile and can be used for a number of applications such as weather and climate monitoring, disaster observation to help relief efforts and science experiments. CubeSats exist because of an explosion in technology miniaturisation that’s occurred over the... Continue Reading →

The Space Dogs

Before it was proven humans could survive the trip to space, the Soviet Union sent dogs in rockets to the outer edge of the atmosphere. The oldest tests date back as far as 1951. As a result, dogs were among the earliest space pioneers. Dogs versus Apes America and the Soviet Union had very different... Continue Reading →

The Hubble Space Telescope Turns 30

Humans have been fascinated by the stars for thousands of years and continue to be so thanks to a burning curiosity that only grows with each new discovery. Since its launch, the Hubble Space Telescope has shaped our understanding of space in ways astronomers never thought possible. It has confirmed the age of the universe,... Continue Reading →

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