New Zealand aerospace company Rocket Lab is going to the Moon and then Venus! Rocket Lab is taking steps towards a bigger and better future for space exploration from the world’s only private orbital launch site, located on the Mahia Peninsula, Hawke’s Bay.

It’s easy to miss all this exciting work happening in our own backyard. It’s important to remember that new innovation is possible here in Aotearoa, New Zealand. Rocket Lab started as an idea from Pete — so nothing is impossible.

Story by Makayla Wallace-Tidd. Photography and videos courtesy of Rocket Lab.


Wallace-Tidd, Makayla. Rocket Lab’s out of this world: Let’s go to the Moon and Venus. MOTAT Museum of Transport and Technology. First published: 29 January 2021. URL