50 years ago tomorrow, a Russian thing called Sputnik went “Beep, beep, beep” and the world was thrust into the Space Age — and it flew the Red Flag.

Australia’s Space Age is a tale of lost opportunities. At the end of WWII, we had one of the most well-educated workforces on the planet. Most of us spoke English — essential for scientific literature. Our universities were leaders in physics and mathematics.