Photos: Australian Space Discovery Centre.
You can now travel to infinity and beyond right from Adelaide!
The Australian Space Discovery Centre has opened on Pirie Street’s Lot Fourteen, and it’s equipped with gadgets and high-tech exhibitions to take our minds right into the stratosphere.
The impressive, brand-new centre has the first publicly viewable, operational mission control centre, through which guests can engage with space experts and learn about traffic control management, and a hands-on space exhibition with information about Australia’s growing space sector.
Guests can operate robotic arms, learn about forecasting the climate, GPS technology, location navigation in space, as well as technological innovations and advancements. There’s also an area for industry functions and workshops.
The new space space, which is part of the Australian government’s space agency, also has a career hub because––although it has us reliving our childhood dreams of being an astronaut––the centre aims to showcase job opportunities and various positions in the field.
Space Discovery Centre Manager Brenan Dew tells us that while everyone is welcome to enjoy and learn from the various exhibits, the target audience is around 12 to mid-twenties, so Adelaide’s young minds can learn about what’s out there––in terms of careers and planets.
“Not all space jobs are becoming an astronaut, although that’s also an exciting one,” Dew says.
“There are STEM pathways and career pathways, such as space lawyers and operators.”
This goal coincides with the government’s aim to reinvigorate the space industry, adding 20,000 more jobs to the workforce by 2028.
“We want to show that working in space is cool, achievable, and a part of many people’s future,” Dew says.
If you want your career in the space industry to blast off, or just to have a fun day learning about our galaxy and Australia’s growing space workforce, make sure to book ahead. There are timed sessions, and bookings are essential.
Find the Australian Space Discovery Centre in the McEwin Building, in Lot Fourteen on the east end of North Terrace in Adelaide.