Space Science

Why should I study Space Science?

Studying the universe and space allows us to gain important insights into the nature of our own planet, the solar system. By learning what lies beyond, we are able to more greatly appreciate what we have on Earth. In order to access space, we need to apply the various disciplines of science and technology to this context.

Currently, Australia is experiencing a boom in the space industry, with South Australia being at the centre of much of this development as the home of the Australian Space Agency. The Australian Government hopes to triple the size of the space sector and create 20,000 new jobs by 2030.

Space Science is highly hands-on and practical-based, and provides opportunities for students to connect with industry and related organisations within the space sector. This subject has a strong inquiry focus and allows students to learn more about our universe and take this in the direction of their interests and passions. If you have a passion for the skies and dream of what lies beyond, then this is the subject for you.

Where does Space Science lead?

The universities have a number of space science-related courses, and Space Science also compliments a number of other career pathways not directly aligned to the science area.

Possible career pathways include:

  • Avionics Technician
  • Robotics Engineering
  • Astronaut
  • Machine Learning/Artificial Intelligence
  • Data Scientist
  • Project Management
  • Cyber Security
  • Space Law
  • Intelligent Game Development

* Please note that some of these courses may have prerequisites.

What work will I do in Space Science?

Topics include:

  • Astronomy and the Universe
  • Astrophysics
  • Connections through Space
  • Practical investigations
  • Scientific research
  • Planning, conducting and evaluating experiments individually and in small groups
  • Investigating the impact that Scientists and science have on society

What do other students think about Space Science?

Space Science is a new subject offered in 2023.

Where can I find more information about Space Science?

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