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Kerrie Dougherty: From the outback to outerspace

The 50th anniversary of the WRESAT-1 satellite launch into orbit!

Fifty years ago, on 29 November 1967, Australia became one of the earliest nations to place its own satellite in orbit. The WRESAT-1 (Weapons Research Establishment Satellite) was successfully launched from the Woomera Rocket Range in South Australia.

The WRESAT achievement crowned a decade of space activities at Woomera. This had led to Australia being recognised as a significant spacefaring nation during the Space Race of the 1960s.

Kerrie Dougherty marks the 50th anniversary of the launch of WRESAT and 70th anniversary of the Woomera Rocket Range with a fascinating talk. Learn about its history, how it became the hub of early space activities in Australia and the space-related projects conducted there between 1957 and 1980.

How did early Australian space science using sounding rockets lead to the development of Australia’s first satellite? Find out in this intriguing glimpse into Australia’s space history.

Free talk, all are welcome. No bookings required.



Wednesday 29 November 2017 from 12.30pm to 1.30pm



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