The Australian Students’ Space Association presents Space Futures 2000; a national interdisciplinary
conference held from the 4th – 7th October 2000 at Rydges Capital Hill, Canberra as part of United Nations
World Space Week Celebrations in Australia.
Described by United Nations World Space Week President, Dennis Stone as ‘a model for nations around the
world’, Space Futures 2000 highlights include the online development of a Australian Youth Space Charter, The
Space Educators Forum, Industry Panel and a public forum on Mars: The Red Planet.

International presenters drawn from industry & academia include:

  • – Dr Sandy Magnus, NASA Astronaut, International Space Station Specialist
  • – Dr Kelly Snook, NASA Haughton Mars Project Manager
  • – Mr Jim Benson, CEO & Founder of SpaceDev, the first commercial space exploration and mining company
  • – Dr Vaughan Clift, Chief Medical Researcher, NASA Johnson Space Centre

    and many more…

  • Local speakers include:
  • – Ms Patricia Kelly, Space Policy Unit, Dept. of Industry, Science & Resources
  • – Dr Miriam Baltuck, NASA Australia
  • – Dr David Newman, Director RMIT Gravitational Physiology Laboratory
  • – Dr Gordon Cable, Institute of Aerospace Medicines

    and many more…

Convened under the theme “Education & Collaboration: Building a Sustainable Australian Space
Industry”, the conference program encompasses topics ranging from Space Law and Policy, Satellite
Technology and Space Life Sciences through to Space Science Research and Ethics, Space Education and the
Exploration of Mars.

James Moody, Young Professional Engineer of the Year and chair person of the conference, believes Australia
has a real potential for a vibrant and effective space industry, but to do this we need to focus on collaboration
and education.

“The future leaders of the space industry are coming together for international space week to discuss how this
might be possible and to share their ideas with the government, industry and community.”
This is an opportunity for the Australian community to have a say in the development of the Australian Space

For further information:

Mr Stephen Kenny, Australian Students’ Space Association,

Mobile: 0402 132 597 Phone: (03) 9663 0804 Website:


Space Futures 2000 is an exploration and celebration of the past, present and future of Australia in space.