Space ex­pert en­light­ens com­mu­nity

Pilbara News - - News - Shan­non Beat­tie

Pilbara res­i­dents were given the chance to pon­der the mys­ter­ies of the uni­verse and the fu­ture of space when renowned as­tro­physi­cist Dr Brad Tucker came to Kar­ratha last week.

Dr Tucker, with Em­pow­er­ing Peo­ple in Com­mu­ni­ties, hosted a lunchtime talk at Kar­ratha Li­brary, as well as a free stargaz­ing event at Kar­ratha Coun­try Club, which was at­tended by more than 150 peo­ple.

He works at Aus­tralian Na­tional Univer­sity and spoke with the com­mu­nity about his work on ex­per­i­men­tal space tech­nol­ogy.

“I wanted to high­light the cool things hap­pen­ing in space — I don’t think we ap­pre­ci­ate there is a lot of in­ter­est­ing, cut­ting-edge stuff that is done in Aus­tralia,” he said.

“We’re lit­er­ally de­sign­ing as­teroid min­ing mis­sions at the mo­ment — we’re go­ing to land as­ter­oids on the Earth to mine.”

Dr Tucker said ev­ery job was more in­ter­est­ing when you put the word space in front of it, but roles such as space doc­tor and space lawyer were real jobs ANU hired peo­ple for. “Aus­tralia not only has a lot of ac­tiv­ity go­ing on, but needs a lot of peo­ple to do it,” he said. “One of the things that’s missed is re­gional Aus­tralia has a large ma­jor­ity of this ac­tiv­ity — all this cool space stuff that is hap­pen­ing in­volves the non-cities.” Dr Tucker said space in­spired and con­nected peo­ple.

“No mat­ter your cul­ture or where you’re from, we can all think of th­ese big ques­tions like ‘are we alone?’ and ‘where do we come from?,” he said. “We’re start­ing to get an­swers to those ques­tions, and those an­swers are go­ing to come sooner than you think.”

Dr Brad Tucker looks at the stars.

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