An asteroid sample collected as part of the NASA's OSIRIS-REx mission landed in the Utah desert. In return for the Canadian Space Agency's contribution to this mission, a portion of the asteroid material will go to Canada. It will be studied by generations of Canadian and international scientists.
On September 24, 2023, NASA's OSIRIS-REx mission will deliver a sample of asteroid Bennu on Earth. Analyzing the sample could revolutionize our understanding of the solar system's history, how our planet formed, and possibly the origin of water and life on Earth.
The OSIRIS-REx mission is expected to deliver the asteroid Bennu sample on September 24, 2023. Canada will be receiving a portion of the sample for study, thanks to its contribution of the OSIRIS-REx Laser Altimeter to the mission.
Earth observation data collected by satellites is used to monitor our planet's various ecosystems. As part of the smartHarbour initiative, the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) is collaborating with Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) and the Montreal Port Authority (MPA) to develop innovative applications using satellite data as part of the Port of Montreal expansion in Contrecœur. These applications would allow for tracking of different environmental variables that are important for conserving the biodiversity of natural habitats, both while the new MPA terminal is being built and afterwards.
On July 1, Canadian Space Agency astronaut Jeremy Hansen, the first Canadian set to fly around the Moon, will be in Ottawa to take part in Canada Day festivities and share insights into his upcoming Artemis II mission.