The internet christens Australia’s new space agency like only the internet can: Say hello to ARSE

While the news that Australia is to launch its own space agency was universally applauded, the internet has a habit of lowering the tone.

Details about the new space agency, like its budget or ambitions, are thin on the ground, but luckily someone out there has stepped in and come up with a possible name: the Australian Research & Space Exploration or ARSE for short.

Unfortunately, Australia’s new space agency won’t be called ARSE, but someone has gone to great lengths to convince us all it will.

ARSE already has its own Facebook and Instagram pages.

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“Australian Research & Space Exploration is an independent campaign designed to promote the space program and all related efforts in Australia. We support Australia’s commitment to space exploration, development and research,” ARSE’s statement reads.

“It’s a large but an important step to take. We believe it will be, ‘One small step for man, one giant leap for down under.'”

In reality, Australia is launching a space agency seemingly to capitalise on the growth of the global space industry.

The Space Industry Association of Australia has argued that the country is well placed to expand its space technologies because of its location, large geographical size and relatively low population, while a domestic industry review recently called for a dedicated body to be established.

“The agency will be the anchor for our domestic co-ordination and the front door for our international engagement,” said Australia’s minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, Michaelia Cash.

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