A quiet patch of red dirt in remote Australia has made history as NASA rocket launch from a commercial spaceport outside the US. The sub-orbital rocket took off from the tiny site early local time on Monday. As said by NASA it will allow astrophysics studies that can only be accepted in the Southern Hemispheres. The launch was also the first in Australia in more than 25 years.
The rocket is Nasa’s first of three to take off from the construction that was newly built which is Arnhem Space Centre which is on the edge of the Northern Territory. All the scientists hope the launch will help them study the impact of a star’s light on the habitability of the planets that are nearby.
Eyewitnesses who traveled to the remote site got a glance of the rocket for only about 10 seconds before the rocket entered the Earth’s atmosphere. Australia has moved up its space efforts in recent times, announcing a defense agency that is focused on competing with Russia and China’s goals in space. The Arnhem Space Centre is the first and only commercially owned and also run tropical launch site in the world. The next launch is expected to happen on 4th July. Nasa has guaranteed to collect all the materials and waste and return them to the US.