Nasa launches first rocket from Australian commercial spaceport




  • In Business
  • 2022-06-27 02:46:57Z
  • By BBC

An unassuming patch of red dirt in remote Australia has made history as the site of Nasa's first rocket launch from a commercial spaceport outside the US.

The sub-orbital rocket blasted off from the tiny site early on Monday local time.

It will enable astrophysics studies that can only be undertaken in the Southern Hemisphere, Nasa says.

The launch was also the first in Australia in more than 25 years.

The rocket is Nasa's first of three to blast off from the newly constructed Arnhem Space Centre on the edge of the Northern Territory.

Scientists hope it will help them study the impact of a star's light on the habitability of nearby planets.

Onlookers who travelled to the remote site glimpsed the rocket for only about 10 seconds before it entered the Earth's atmosphere.

"It was in the blink of an eye, but to me, it was like it was in slow motion because the whole area just lit up," Yirrkala School co-principal Merrkiyawuy Ganambarr-Stubbs told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

"It went up, and then the sound, it was just like a rumbling boom, like nothing I've ever heard. And I just shook with amazement."

Map
Map  

The sounding rocket's tenure in space was similarly short - the 13m-long projectile fell back to Earth after a planned 15 minutes.

But experts believe the data gathered in that time will help illuminate the secrets of star constellations 430 million light years away.

"Without getting too deep into the science, it was effectively a large X-ray camera looking at various astrological phenomenon and trying to capture parts of boulders in the Milky Way and particularly the star cluster of Alpha Centauri," Arnhem Space Centre chief executive Michael Jones told the local network Nine.

Northern Territory Chief Minister Natasha Fyles hailed the launch as an "extremely proud" moment for Australia, adding it was conducted with the blessing of the region's Aboriginal traditional owners.

"Here on Yolngu land, young Territorians can look up at the sky and know what can be done," Ms Fyles said.

"When we see the oldest living culture combining with the science of space, as we have here, it's something we can all reflect on and be very proud."

Equipment pictured at the Arnhem Space Centre
Equipment pictured at the Arnhem Space Centre  

Australia has stepped up its space efforts in recent times, unveiling a defence agency focused on countering Russia and China's ambitions in space.

The Arnhem Space Centre is the first and only commercially owned and run equatorial launch site in the world.

"We have achieved a remarkable feat and made a huge mark in the history of Australia's journey in space," Mr Jones said in a statement.

"[It] confirms that we and Australia can provide access to space and this is just the beginning for us."

The next launch is expected to take place on 4 July.

Nasa has pledged to collect all material and debris and return them to the US.

COMMENTS

More Related News

Chinese envoy says ties with Australia must be mended before solving trade issues
Chinese envoy says ties with Australia must be mended before solving trade issues

China's ambassador to Australia said that more needed to be done to reset relations between Canberra and Beijing and that the two nations were not at the...

Declining Stock and Decent Financials: Is The Market Wrong About Yancoal Australia Ltd (ASX:YAL)?
Declining Stock and Decent Financials: Is The Market Wrong About Yancoal Australia Ltd (ASX:YAL)?

It is hard to get excited after looking at Yancoal Australia's (ASX:YAL) recent performance, when its stock has...

Australia
Australia's Graincorp raises profit view again amid soaring demand, favourable weather

Soaring prices and demand for grains amid ongoing geopolitical tensions had driven a five-fold jump in Graincorp's first-half profit, allowing it to pay a...

How to watch the Sturgeon moon - the last supermoon of the year
How to watch the Sturgeon moon - the last supermoon of the year

The Sturgeon moon will be the last supermoon until August of 2023.

Sturgeon Supermoon: How to see the fourth and final moon of 2022
Sturgeon Supermoon: How to see the fourth and final moon of 2022

The fourth and last supermoon of the year, the Sturgeon moon, will occur Thursday.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Cancel reply

Comments

  • shlomo rechnitz
    (2022-06-27 04:03:57Z)

    Very informative post! There is a lot of information here that can help any business get started with a successful social networking campaign.
    http://shlomorechnitz.net

    REPLY
  • shlomo rechnitz
    (2022-06-27 04:05:53Z)

    Nice post! This is a very nice blog that I will definitively come back to more times this year! Thanks for the informative post.
    rav shlomo yehuda

    REPLY
  • leather Yankees jacket
    (2022-06-27 05:53:14Z)

    such a magnificent article about " inflation"
    if you want to buy an exclusive leather Yankees jacket with a discounted offer, I have mentioned a link so you can easily visit
    leather Yankees jacket

    REPLY
  • 사설토토
    (2022-06-27 07:32:44Z)

    I use basically superior fabrics : you will discover these products by:

    REPLY
  • louis
    (2022-06-27 07:35:49Z)

    為何美金盤可以讓國際賭盤乖乖聽話? 一起來了解他的專業性

    https://www.top58.net/Article/handicap?rc=knowmore

    REPLY
  • 豪神娛樂城
    (2022-06-27 07:53:53Z)

    小編今天要來介紹最近廣告打很大的豪神娛樂城!
    真的有我們在廣告中看到得這麼好嗎?
    豪神沒告訴你的事情 我來告訴你!

    REPLY
  •  rav shlomo yehuda
    (2022-06-29 16:12:27Z)

    Thanks for a very interesting blog. What else may I get that kind of info written in such a perfect approach? I’ve a undertaking that I am simply now operating on, and I have been at the look out for such info.

    REPLY
  • shlomorechnitzfoundation
    (2022-07-30 06:13:13Z)

    Awesome and interesting article. Great things you've always shared with us. Thanks. Just continue composing this kind of post.
    shlomorechnitzfoundation.org

    REPLY

Top News: Business