The Australian Space Discovery Centre was officially unveiled on 31 March 2021, and features exhibitions about space based on The Australian National University (ANU) research.
The new interactive facility in Adelaide has been developed in partnership between the Australian Space Agency and Questacon, the National Science and Technology Centre. The Discovery Centre is a national facility where people of all ages can learn about space and Australia's role. It hosts:
a Careers Hub showcasing job opportunities in the local space industry
an operational Mission Control Centre, viewable through a theatrette for live space events, guest speakers and opportunities to engage with space experts
a space gallery featuring hands-on experiences and information on Australia’s growing space sector
information on STEM education options for young people to explore pathways for a future in space.
The career path and work of Associate Professor Marta Yebra - from the ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science and ANU Fenner School of Environment and Society - is on show among the new exhibitions about space.
Visitors can learn about the Australian Flammability Monitoring System (AFMS), developed through the Bushfire and Natural Hazard Reduction Cooperative Research Centre and led by Associate Professor Yebra. It is the world’s first near-real-time digital application for assessing how dry and flammable soil and vegetation is. The monitoring system uses satellite data to help us better understand the risk that bushfires pose to communities, landscapes, and infrastructure.