In 1967, a group of students from the Melbourne University Astronautical Society came up with an idea to build a small amateur radio satellite.
It was just 10 years after the world’s first satellite, Sputnik 1, was launched and Australia had yet to enter the space race.
Russia had successfully launched Yuri Gagarin into space and the race was on to put the first person on the Moon.
But it was the hard work and persistence of the young students that convinced NASA to launch the Australis OSCAR 5 into space.
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