Arnhem Space Centre in the NT

NASA launches second rocket in remote Australia

US aeronautical giant NASA hailing the moment as a landmark for science in the southern hemisphere.

With a guttural boom and a flash of light - the rocket is named the Sistine III

Scientists say the rocket will explore the mysteries of the Alpha Centauri star system

"This is just remarkable … it's really progressing us as civilisation goes forward," Mr Carsten said.

NASA's third rocket launch is scheduled to take place next week