Space inspires and fascinates people, but not everyone understands just how much we rely on space technology in our daily lives.

To spread the word about ‘why space matters’, the Australian Space Agency has brought ‘Astro’ to the annual Adelaide Fringe Festival. 

Astro is a 10-metre tall inflatable astronaut located at the Agency’s headquarters at Lot Fourteen in the Adelaide CBD. Astro is a real show-stopper when visitors get off the tram and head towards the Fringe hub.

Head of the Australian Space Agency, Enrico Palermo, says the irony is not lost on him that the Agency is using a 10-metre inflatable astronaut to remind Australians that space is about more than just astronauts and rockets.

“Each day we use space to help us get from A to B, for online shopping, or to get the latest weather forecast. Space is also vital in mitigating climate change, tracking natural disasters and keeping us healthy and safe,” Mr Palermo said.

“Fringe is one of Australia’s most iconic festivals that draws huge volumes of people, and we’re excited to share our love of space and its importance with the Fringe audience."

“It’s one small step for the Australian Space Agency, but it’s a giant leap towards letting Australians know about what we do and how space impacts and improves our everyday lives.”

For those who want to discover more about space, the Australian Space Discovery Centre will be open until 8.30pm ACDT on:

  • Friday 24 February
  • Saturday 4 March
  • Friday 10 March
  • Saturday 18 March.

You can also learn about why space matters in our every day lives on our website

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