The Woomera rocket test range, South Australia

Last month, at the International Astronautical Congress in Adelaide: the government announced that Australia was getting a space agency; the Australian space community marked 50 years since Australia became one of very few countries to launch their own satellite into orbit; and thousands thrilled to the announcement by Elon Musk that a civilian mission to Mars is on track for 2020 aboard a new SpaceX mega-rocket.