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Defence Minister Peter Dutton told the United States Studies Centre last week at the launch of our second-annual State of the United States report, the “prophesied ‘End of History’ has turned out to be a ‘Return to History’”. With the minister’s launch of Australia’s first ever Defence Space Command this week, his comments to the USSC about history proved timely. After all, the focus on the stars harkens back to President John F. Kennedy’s storied moon-shot ambitions. In 1961, President Kennedy famously announced that the United States would endeavour to land a man on the moon and return him to earth by the end of the decade. On 20 July, 1969, the entire world watched – thanks to Australian assistance – as Apollo 11 fulfilled Kennedy’s ambition.