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18th of July 2023
A space boomerang at Parkes
A hand-crafted boomerang that travelled into space on the Inspriation4 mission was unveiled at the Parkes Observatory last week. The Space Boomerang was created by Indigenous artist Lewis Burns and taken into space by Dr Sian "Leo" Proctor as a community fundraising project for the central NSW town of Grenfell. Grenfell, which has a population of 2,000, is located about 100km south of Parkes. The Inspiration4 mission was launched on September 15, 2021 aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket that carried the first all-civilian crew to orbit the Earth. The boomerang, which is 16.5cm wide and 9.5cm tall and features the Southern Cross, will be on display at the Parkes Observatory until January next year. The image above shows John Reynolds (ATNF Operations Program Director), Langley Proctor (brother of astronaut Sian), John Sarkissian (Parkes Operations Scientist), and Jeff Gallimore (President of the Grow Grenfell Group) at the unveiling ceremony.

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