From outback to outer space: Woomera 1955 - 1980

State Library of South Australia | 23-Aug-2017
Discover the stories of the early days of Australia"s space activity and what life was like for the people who lived in Woomera, in a new exhibition at the State Library of South Australia. #adelaide #statelibrarysa #SLSA #exhibition #woomera #space @SLSA
Venue: State Library of South Australia
Address: Corner North Terrace and Kintore Avenue, Adelaide, Australia
Date: 23 August - 12 November 2017
Time: Open 10.00am daily (closed public holidays)
Ticket: Free
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Australia"s first satellite WRESAT soars into orbit, 1967. WRESAT image courtesy DST Group.
Woomera Rocket Range launched Australia into the space age in the 1950s. The Woomera story has many facets: it is one of secrecy and controversy, innovation and achievement, set against the background of the Cold War and the Space Race. Discover the stories of the early days of Australia"s space activity and how, in 1967, Australia joined the elite "Space Club" of nations that had launched their own satellites. Find out what life was like for the men, women and children who lived in the "top secret" outback town of Woomera.

The exhibition draws on the collections of the State Library of South Australia, National Archives of Australia, Defence Science and Technology Group, South Australian Aviation Museum and the Woomera historical museums. See large scale rocket models together with space artefacts (including a piece of moon rock), photographs and archival footage, and listen to oral histories of former Woomera residents.

We invite you to explore a fascinating part of Australia"s technological and scientific history and discover how the Woomera Rocket Range took Australia from the outback to outer space.

Exhibition is presented by the State Library of South Australia and the National Archives of Australia.

We are delighted to be partnering with the 68th International Astronautical Congress 2017 to be part of the Congress Cultural Program. Adelaide welcomes the Congress from 25 - 29 September 2017.

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