Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced that the new Australian Space Agency will be located at the former Royal Adelaide Hospital site. PM Morrison said,
“Our Government’s $41 million investment into the agency will act as a launching pad to triple Australia’s space economy to $12 billion and create up to 20,000 jobs by 2030.”
Commonwealth Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews added,
“We want to encourage our young people to study science and maths at school, we want to be able to demonstrate to them … that there are jobs in the space sector and South Australia is now leading the charge.”
Australian Space Agency director Dr Megan Clark predicted,
“We’ve got a pipeline over the next three years of over $1 billion of capital being invested into the space industry, half… of that is inbound capital coming in from industries and space agencies around the world.”
Also in space news this week, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory at CalTech announced that the Voyager 2 space probe launched in 1977 has exited the heliosphere, joining its twin probe Voyager 1 as the only two man-made objects ever to travel so far. Closer to Earth, China’s National Space Administration announced that its Chang’e-4 probe had entered the orbit of the moon. The lander and robot rover are scheduled to touch down in about a month to study the Aitken Basin crater site.
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