The Australian National University signed an agreement with the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum on the 19th of January 2011 in Washington DC taking the first steps towards a dedicated Australian Astronomy and Space Museum at Mount Stromolo.
The agreement outlines the cooperation between the ANU and the National Air and Space Museum, and will see many staff from the museum in Washington come to Canberra to being planning for the new museum.
The museum, which ANU hopes can be built over the next 3 years has been in discussion for around 18 months.
The new Museum will focus on Australia's contribution to both Space Science and Astronomy, and will leverage support from the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum in both the setting up of the new facility, as well as the on-going operations.
The Museum is yet to be fully funded and will be looking toward the federal government to provide funding to set up the facility.