Australian Space Exploration

Paul Scully-Power

Paul Scully-Power was the first Australian Astronaut ever. Paul was born on the 28th of May 1944 In Sydney, Australia. He became a citizen of America in 1982. Paul spent 8 days, 5 hours and 23 minutes in space. He is married with six children (Adam, Lincoln and Holly).

Australians are involved in the development of the largest and clearest telescope ever built

Australians were involved in one of the largest telescopes ever built. This telescope is called The Giant Magellan. The research team from the ANU has joined an elite team of international researchers designing The Giant Magellan.

The RSAA operates Australia's most famous telescopes at Siding Springs

Australia has many other working observatories spread all over the country. It is one of the world leaders in astronomical research. RSAA stands for Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics.

NASA used the Parkes Telescope as the main receiving station during the first manned mission to the moon

During the moon landing, NASA searched for the best images from all three sites to clearly show what was happening live on the moon. NASA was very surprised that Parkes was able to transmit better pictures than either of the other telescopes being used.

The Parkes Observatory is Australia's leading radio astronomy institute

The main receiving station for the live coverage on the Moon was to be the Goldstone dish situated in California. NASA requested the use of a back up station Situaded in Parkes.