In the 1950s, Australia was actively involved in the space industry via collaboration with other space players, including the UK.
Australia could benefit from more jobs and exports if it boosted its space industry.
Surgeons at the University of Saskatchewan use a 3D printed human brain to plan complex neurosurgical procedures for patients with movement disorders.
From cheap prosthetic arms for landmine victims in Sudan to the promise of surgery on astronauts in space — 3D printing is sparking a healthcare revolution.
The mass of the Earth is big enough that the gravitational force it creates can pull the hard shape of ice, rock and metal into a sphere.
NASA Earth Observatory images by Joshua Stevens, using Suomi NPP VIIRS data from Miguel Román, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center
Imagine the Earth pulling everything it is made up of, all of its mass, towards its centre. This happens evenly all over the Earth, causing it to take on a round shape.
Spend many months attached to the ISS and see how well you grow.
If you want to live on Mars, you're going to need to grow food. Seeds are naturally equipped to handle challenging Earth environments, but how well can they survive what they'll encounter off-planet?
A huge solar flare flashes in the middle of the sun on Sept. 6, 2017. A separate image of the Earth provides scale.
At a time in the sun's cycle when space weather experts expect less solar activity, our star is going bonkers with solar flares and coronal mass ejections. What effects will Earth feel?
Lasers being shone from the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope in Chile.
These lasers help remove the twinkles in the night sky and help astronomers see stars clearer on Earth than ever before.
How exactly do the stars twinkle in the night sky? As it turns out, the answer is full of hot air... and cold air.
With the wealth of data being created nowadays, new forms of artistic collaboration with scientists are emerging.
Two spacecraft concepts for the Plato mission.
While we on Earth are familiar with our own star, the Sun, the European Space Agency's PLATO mission will explore solar systems similar to ours as well as those that are more exotic.
The Sun is currently middle-aged, having celebrated its 4,568,000,000th birthday at some point in the last million years.
In five or seven billion years time, the Sun's life will come to an end. And it will be really spectacular - if you're watching from far enough away.
Into the unknown.
In this episode of The Anthill podcast we are off exploring: land, sea and space.
Even if alien life is never discovered, all is not lost.
The Mayak satellite will unfold a giant reflective pyramid that will be seen from Earth.
It promises to be one of the brightest objects in the night sky once the Mayak satellite unfolds a giant pyramid reflector. But what is it going to do?
In the beginning, the Universe expanded very, very fast.
What caused the Big Bang is still a mystery. And that's just one of the many unanswered questions, in spite of everything we do know about the birth of the Universe.
Falcon 9 launch in March 2017.
In the current commercial space race, the idea of reusing rockets is gaining momentum.
A lot has changed since the Outer Space Treaty was signed in 1967.
NASA Image and Video Library
Who is responsible for space debris? What laws should apply to humans living on another planet? Who has rights to mine asteroids? The Outer Space Treaty needs an update to address such questions.
Studying mysterious neutron stars could uncover the secrets of exotic physics – and a way to navigate the stars.
Matt Damon as astronaut and exobotanist Mark Watney in the film The Martian grows crops on Mars.
(20th Century Fox/Handout)
We will one day grow food in conditions as extreme as Mars. Developing the controlled environments required will help not only space explorers but also support our own survival here on Earth.
White Knight Two carrying the spaceplane SpaceShipTwo.
Spaceports will pave the way for spaceplanes, helping scientists access space for medical research.
STS Steve Robinson on Canadarm.
Many technologies in healthcare on Earth originated from human space exploration - here are ten examples.
Artist’s conception of two merging black holes, spinning in a nonaligned fashion.
LIGO/Caltech/MIT/Sonoma State (Aurore Simonnet)
These ripples in the very fabric of the universe were hypothesized by Einstein a century ago. Now scientists have detected them for the third time in a year and a half – ushering in a new era in astrophysics.