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Australias first satellite WRESAT soars into orbit 1967 WRESAT image courtesy DST Group

From Outback to Outer Space: Woomera 1955 - 1980

Date: 23 August 2017 to 12 November 2017

Location: Treasures Wall and the Institute Gallery

Woomera Rocket Range launched Australia into the space age in the 1950s. The Woomera story has many facets: it is one of secrecy and controversy, innovation and achievement, set against the background of the Cold War and the Space Race. Discover the stories of the early days of Australia's space activity and how, in 1967, Australia joined the elite 'Space Club' of nations that had launched their own satellites. Find out what life was like for the men, women and children who lived in the 'top secret' outback town of Woomera.

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