Space Race 2.0

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Summary

More rockets were launched into space in 2021 than any year before, taking with them hundreds of satellites as well as the odd first-time astronaut.

The Australian Space Industry (yes, we have one) is taking off, providing untold opportunities. Suddenly everyone wants to get to space. While the focus is often on commercialising space tourism, governments and private companies want their own fleets of satellites in orbit, and the reduction in costs are contributing to this reality.

As this new frontier becomes increasingly crowded, questions need to be answered about space governance, traffic, sovereignty and even managing the precious resources on the Moon and Mars. Our expert panel questions how we will navigate this brave new world without Captain Kirk.

Space Race 2.0 is presented with QUT

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Alice Gorman

Alice Gorman

Speaker

Alice Gorman

Dr Alice Gorman is an internationally recognised space archaeologist and author of the award-winning book Dr Space Junk vs the Universe: Archaeology and the Future. She is an Associate Professor...

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Ali Buchberger

Ali Buchberger

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Ali Buchberger

Ali Buchberger is an accomplished executive, having held senior positions across the space, mining, science and technology industries for more than a decade. As Director (Industry Engagement) at QUT, she...

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Peter Corke

Peter Corke

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Peter Corke

Peter Corke is a Professor of Robotic Vision at Queensland University of Technology, and Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Robotic Vision. His research focuses on enabling robots...

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Elizabeth Pearce

Elizabeth Pearce

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Elizabeth Pearce

Elizabeth (Liz) Pearce completed a Bachelor of Science with honours majoring in Physics at the University of Newcastle in 2009. She worked at the Bureau of Meteorology in 2010 to...

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Joel Gilmore

Joel Gilmore

Moderator

Joel Gilmore

Dr Joel is an energy expert, food nerd, and passionate science communicator! He regularly features on television and stage, from hosting food science TV shows for adults and kids to...

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SUPPORTING LEARNING RESOURCES

Space Exploration: Community of Inquiry

In this activity, students participate in a community of inquiry to consider the implications of human space travel. This process gives students an opportunity to come to a full, shared understanding of the concepts and issues around human space travel.

Contains curriculum links to:
Years 5, 7
Earth Space

Cool Jobs | Rocket Science

Want a job that is literally out of this world? Gilmour Space Technologies is an Australian rocket company developing new capabilities for launching small satellites to space. Learn what it takes to be a rocket scientist with their team members Kristin Stewart and Thomas Ireland.

Contains curriculum links to:
Years 7 – 12
Chemistry, Physics, Technology 

Beyond Earth: Colonising Space

In this persuasive writing task, students determine where humans should create the first space colony, using prior learning and research to justify their decisions. This task could be presented as a video, podcast, multimodal presentation or written report. Students may use the Planet Posters (included in this resource) to gather information about the planets in our solar system.

Contains curriculum links to:
Year 5
Earth Space 

Lost in Space: Planet Posters

Students may use these planet posters to gather information about the planets in our solar system including temperature, distance from the Sun, diameter and atmosphere composition.

Contains curriculum links to:
Year 5
Earth Space 

 

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Age Recommendation

Adults

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