Report on 5th Australian Space Science Conference (ASSC)
September 25, 2005
MSA had a significant presence at the 5th Australian Space Science Conference (ASSC) held in Storey Hall at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) during the 14th-16th of September 2005 ( http://www.nssa.com.au/ocs/index.php?cf=5). The ASSC is an annual conference run by the National Space Society of Australia. It is an excellent opportunity for the different Australian groups interested in space science and technology to get together. the conference is also an excwellent opportunity for outreach to students.
Members in attendance included Graham Mann, James Waldie, Adrian Brown, Andrew Wheeler, and Jonathan Clarke. Overseas members ofg the society were presented by Jennifer Heldmann from NASA Ames research centre Papers were given on MarsSkin, the Trinity Centre for Planetary and Space Science, Mars Oz, and Expedition two. A paper by Shannon Rupert and Edward Martinez on the biological results of Expedition two was also given on their behalf.
In addition to the oral presentations MSA had a large space in which to display several MarsSkins, a model of
the Marsupial rover, and a range of posters and publications. The displays were well visited by the large
number of university and high school students who attended the conference.