The Constitution and Outer Space

Matthew Stubbs, Joel Lisk

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Outer space and the Australian Constitution may seem at first blush to be legal topics as distant as outer space is from the Australian continent. However, a series of anniversaries in recent years have reminded us of the wonder of humankind’s endeavours in outer space: the 60th anniversary of Sputnik becoming the first artificial satellite in 1957, and the 50th anniversaries of the Outer Space Treaty1 of 1967 and the Apollo 11 moon landing of 1969.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)123-131
Number of pages9
JournalPublic Law Review
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • Outer Space
  • Space law
  • Space (Launches and Returns) Act 2018
  • Commonwealth space legislation


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