Planetary Geology, Australian’s involvement in Moon to Mars

Megan Clark1

1Australian Space Agency

The Australian Space Agency was established by the Australian Government in July 2018 to grow and transform the national civil space sector. As outlined in the Australian Civil Space Strategy, the Agency’s aim is to triple the size of the sector to $12 billion and add up to another 20,000 jobs by 2030. Key to achieving this goal is the $150 million Moon to Mars initiative – a partnership that will open the door for future space cooperation between the Australian Space Agency and NASA. The Moon to Mars initiative focuses on supporting Australian businesses and researchers to grow into national and international space supply chains, build space heritage, and join NASA’s inspirational plan to go forward to the Moon and onto Mars. Australia has many unique strengths including exploration foundation services like remote operations and in-situ resource utilisation, advanced communications and remote medicine which puts Australia in a position of strength to apply ingenuity to space exploration in collaboration with NASA and other international counterparts. Dr Clark’s presentation will explore Australia’s involvement in the future exploration of the Moon and Mars and the path to getting Australian capability into space


Dr Clark is currently Head of the Australian Space Agency and a director of Rio Tinto and CSL Limited. She is a member of the Australian advisory board of the Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Dr Clark recently chaired the Expert Working Group into the Review of Australia’s Space Industry Capability. She was Chief Executive of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) from 2009 to 2014.  Prior to CSIRO, she was a Director at NM Rothschild and Sons (Australia) and was Vice President Technology and subsequently Vice President Health, Safety and Environment at BHP Billiton from 2003 to 2008.

Dr Clark holds a BSc from the University of Western Australia and a PhD from Queen’s University, Canada and is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering, a Fellow of the AusIMM and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.  In 2014, she was appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia.

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About the GSA

The Geological Society of Australia was established as a non-profit organisation in 1952 to promote, advance and support Earth sciences in Australia.

As a broadly based professional society that aims to represent all Earth Science disciplines, the GSA attracts a wide diversity of members working in a similarly broad range of industries.