Science & technology in Canberra

Canberra is a centre for science and technology. Experience an earthquake or get close to a lightening bolt at Questacon –the National Science and Technology Centre, or touch giant stick insects, see a model wind turbine and wind tunnel at the CSIRO Discovery Centre, a showcase for achievements in Australian science and technology.
Drive out to the visitors’ centre at the Canberra Deep Space Communications Complex which for 40 years has played a key role in space exploration as part of NASA’s Deep Space Network.
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Canberra Space Dome and Observatory: Learn about all things astronomical through this observatory and planetarium. The Planetarium is one of the most up-to-date star theatres in the Southern Hemisphere – sit back and enjoy the multimedia presentations from specially designed reclining chairs. Look to the sky through the Observatory’s four research-grade telescopes while a professional astronomer provides commentary and answers your questions.
Canberra Civic Library: is located in the heart of the city close to transport and amenities. Civic library offers a wide range of services. Computing services offered including free internet, free word processing, and free desktop publishing. The library has a great range of international and local magazines and newspapers.
Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex : See a piece of Moon rock and learn all about NASA at the Visitors Centre at the Canberra Deep Space Communications Complex.For the past 40 years this Complex has played a key role in the exploration of space as part of NASA’s Deep Space Network. The Complex at Tidbinbilla features four giant antennae including the largest in the Southern Hemisphere. Take a look around the Canberra Space Centre where you can see a sizeable piece of 3.8 billion-year-old Moon rock, watch a space movie, check out what the well-dressed astronaut wears, and get the latest space news.
Geoscience Australia : Public visits are welcome in the large foyer area where there are displays of minerals, rocks, and fossils, and information on the geosciences, the activities of Geoscience Australia, and the clever low energy geo-thermal heating/cooling system of the award-winning building. Maps and other products are available for purchase.
Questacon: The National Science and Technology Centre: Be fascinated by the hands-on, interactive exhibits at Questacon : The National Science and Technology Centre. Questacon should definitely be high on your must see list, especially if you're travelling with kids. But no matter what age you are, you'll be fascinated by the only place in Australia where you can free fall from six metres high and take the whole family on a virtual roller coaster ride. Go on a journey of discovery through seven different exhibition galleries. Experience an earthquake, see lightning made before your eyes and understand the science of tornadoes, throwing a ball or the physics of sound. There are more than 200 exhibits and they're changing all the time. Kids under the age of six are catered for with the specially designed Mini Q exhibition.