If someone were to ask you how space technologies impact your daily life, or how much Australia should invest in space, would you have an immediate answer or would you wonder why these questions were even being asked?
Understanding what the average Australian thinks about space is essential â€“ voters and taxpayers will only encourage governments to fund space activities if they feel it is important.
Yet until now there was no comprehensive survey of Australian opinions about space in the 66 years since humans launched their first satellite in 1957.
Our newÂ Â shows what the Australian public thinks about Australiaâ€™s investment and activities in space and the results are eye opening.
Space tech is everywhere
Youâ€™ve probably used space technologiesÂ Â without thinking about it. This includes navigation apps on your phone,Ìý,Ìý,ÌýÂ and maybe even remote health services.
Data and services from satellites underpin activities vital to our national economy. Space helps farmers predict when to harvest their crops and GPS ensures ships, planes and trucks reach their destinations.
Information from space also lets us investigate climate change, assists in predicting bushfires and helps emergency services respond to floods. Pictures from space contribute to Indigenous land and water management and protecting cultural heritage.
What do Australians think about space?
To understand what the public thinks about space today, theÂ Â commissioned a study, co-funded byÂ ÁñÁ«¹ÙÍø Canberra, which polled a nationally representative sample of more than 1,500 members of the Australian public. Our report is the first of its kind.
Our results showed the Australian community is interested in space but is unsure about what Australia does there. One third of Australians agreed space affected their everyday life and 44% were neutral. Around half of those surveyed are interested in Australian space activities but only a quarter said they were knowledgeable of global space events.
Similarly, the number of Australians who follow the activities of theÂ , established in 2018, was only around one fifth and an equal number had never heard of it.