Gravity's playground: Dreams of spaceflight and the rocket park in Australian culture

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In the 1960s and 1970s, Australia was a member of the "Space Club", as newspapers liked to call it. From the Woomera Rocket range in outback South Australia, missiles, scientific upper atmosphere (sounding) rockets and satellite launchers roared through the dry desert air. These rockets included the US Redstone, designed by legendary German rocket scientist Wernher von Braun in Huntsville, Alabama; the multi-nation hybrid Europa, and the home-grown HAD (High Altitude Density) sounding rocket (Morton 1989; see also Dougherty in this volume).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDefining the Fringe of Contemporary Australian Archaeology
Subtitle of host publicationPyramidiots, Paranoia and the Paranormal
EditorsRocco Bosco, Darran Jordan
Place of PublicationNewcastle upon Tyne, UK
PublisherCambridge Scholars Publishing
Number of pages16
ISBN (Print)9781527503915, 1527503917
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • Archaeological theory
  • Australian antiquities
  • unexplained phenomena
  • the paranormal


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