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Woomera Rocket Range - the hub of early Australian space activity

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State Library of SA, Hetzel Lecture Theatre

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Cnr Kintore Ave & North Tce

Adelaide, SA 5000

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Woomera Rocket Range-the hub of early Australian space activity

In the first decade of the Space Age, Australia was considered one of the world's major spacefaring nations-and South Australia'sWoomera Rocket Range was the hub of the nation's space activities. Originally established in 1947 as the Western world's largest overland weapons test range, Woomera was in the right place at the right time to become the home of British, Australian and American space projects kickstarted by the International Geophysical Year (1957-58). In 1967, Woomera saw the launch of Australia's first satellite, WRESAT, making this country one of the earliest to launch its own national satellite. Join Kerrie Dougherty, Curator of the Library's "Outback to Outer Space: Woomera and Space 1955-1980" exhibition as she explores the fascinating story of how the Woomera Rocket Range drew Australia into one of the most significant technological achievements of the Twentieth Century-the exploration and utilisation of space.

Kerrie's new book: Australia in Space: a History of a Nation's Involvement will be available for purhcase, and you'll have an opportunity to have your copy signed.

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Adelaide, SA 5000

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