India's Moon shot isn't just about prestige. As launch costs fall, the space economy is poised to boom. A lengthening list of nations is eyeing the sky.
Australia should be involved in any new mission to the Moon: we have the interest and the expertise so let's be part of the race.
Australia played a vital role in beaming the Apollo 11 Moon landing to the world. But since then we've passed up the opportunity to cement our place in exploring outer space.
Australia needs more friends, particularly in China and India, to be a force in the international space economy.
On Earth the flame from a struck match looks like an inverted teardrop shape and is orange. In microgravity, that same flame is spherical and blue. Heat transfer is different with minimal gravity.
This are looking up when it comes to launching things into space from Australia. The rules on what can be launched are currently under review and open for comment.
The headquarters of the Australian Space Agency will be in Adelaide. So how did we get to this point? Here are ten essential reads to fill you in.
If the Australian space industry is to grow and create thousands of jobs then we need new policy around satellites to meet the challenges involved.
Let's launch Australian satellites on Australian rockets from Australian sites, and operate them from Australian facilities.
We've launched rockets from Woomera in South Australia, but in reality Australia could support multiple launch sites. And the closer to the equator, typically the better.
Australia occupies a unique location vital for supporting NASA and ESA deep-space missions.
Proposed changes to Australia's space activities legislation do little to inspire confidence in the government's approach to a commercial space industry.
New jobs and investment for Australia's growing space industry are promised with the backing of the new space agency. It's hoped that all states and territories will benefit from a national approach.
Many Budget 2018 measures appear to have origins in proposals advanced by the science community.
Funding for Australia's Space Agency is expected to be announced at Tuesday's federal budget. It's been a long campaign to get an agency up and running and The Conversation has followed the journey.
What will Australia's space agency look like? Two experts agree it needs deliberate investment from government, and that it should facilitate participation across states and territories.
By taking on the role as leader in space traffic management, Australia can gain international power and exploit commercial opportunities.
Space inspires, and the establishment of a Space Agency in Australia is well positioned to drive engagement in STEM.
Weather forecasting, bushfire management, power and water supply: Australia relies on earth observations to the tune of A$5 billion a year. But we have very little control over the data we get.
There are local, practical implications linked to failed advancement of infrastructure projects that rely on expertise in space. Protecting Australia's water is just one example.