Australia’s First Satellite – WRESAT


5, 7 & 10

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Earth and Space Sciences – The Solar System

Additional: Careers; Engineering

Concepts (South Australia):

Earth and Space Sciences – Earth in Space

Years: 5, 7, 10

Word count: 610

Just ten years after the start of the space age, Australia became a world player in the space race with the launch of WRESAT, our first home-grown satellite, in 1967. This extract from the book ‘Australia in Space’ by Kerrie Dougherty explores how Australia got involved in space exploration and how technology & engineering were the keys for the nation.

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5, 7 & 10