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The rocket science in everyday life in your backyard

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Date: Friday 21 April 2017
Venue: ATC101, Hawthorn Campus

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Over the last century, our understanding of the Universe has grown by leaps and bounds whilst posing new questions and testing our very fundamental knowledge and understanding of things around us.

To answer these profound questions, scientists are planning ever more ambitious projects driven by human curiosity, to explore the unknown and comprehend our place in the vast senseless space. The Australian federal government in 2016-17 provided AUD 10 billion in support of science research and experiment development while NASA and ESA combined, plans to invest USD 25+ billion in 2017.

Why is it important for governments to spend substantial amounts of money in fundamental science research? What are the benefits for the average tax payer, from governments investing billions of dollars into space science? How has our everyday lives been influenced by such investments?

Together we shall discuss and explore how our investments in science has improved our way of living, and what the future may hold in store for us.

Presenter: Dr Themiya Nanayakkara, Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing, Swinburne University

This event is part of the Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing free monthly public lecture series.

Contact Information: Elizabeth Thackray
Email: Tel: +61 3 9214 5569