NASA to launch rockets from Australia's north

STORY: NASA plans to launch rockets from northern Australia for scientific research within weeks.

They mark the first time NASA has launched rockets from a commercial facility outside the U.S.

That private spaceport is the Arnhem Space Centre, which is owned and operated by a company called Equatorial Launch Australia.

About 75 NASA personnel will be in Australia for the event.

During a media briefing in the city of Darwin on Wednesday, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said he hoped the project would inspire young people.

"This is a really exciting project. This is about not just the rocket launches itself, but it's about sending a message to younger Australians and indeed Australians of any age who might be looking at re-training for future careers, of how important science is. We want the next generation to really look at S.T.E.M. as part of Australia's future and that's why this is an important project.""

The NASA missions will investigate heliophysics, astrophysics, and planetary science phenomena that can be only seen from the southern hemisphere.

The launches will be the first by the U.S. space agency from Australia since 1995.

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