On January 27, Canadian Space Agency (CSA) astronaut David Saint-Jacques will connect with students from British Columbia for two sessions via Skype live from Houston, Texas. During this activity, he will answer students' questions about living and working on the International Space Station, careers in space and being an astronaut.
A contract to develop a new advanced space vision system that will be mounted on Dextre was announced today by the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for the Canadian Space Agency (CSA). Minister Bains was joined by Greg Fergus, Parliamentary Secretary, and Sherry Romanado, Member of Parliament for Longueuil-Charles-LeMoyne. The contract, worth $1.7 million, was awarded to Neptec Design Group Ltd. of Ottawa, Ontario, to develop the design for the system, which will be launched in 2020.
Along with the United States, Russia, Europe and Japan, Canada is a partner in the International Space Station (ISS), an orbiting research laboratory. Since its first module was launched in 1998, the ISS has circled the globe 16 times per day at 28,000 km/h at an average altitude of 370 km, covering a distance equivalent to the Moon and back daily. The Station is about as big as five NHL hockey rinks, and has as much living space as a five-bedroom house.
The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), will visit the CSA for the first time on January 7, at which time he will announce an innovation in Canadian space technology.
Canada is partnering with NASA on OSIRIS-REx, the first US-led mission to return a sample from an asteroid to Earth. Since asteroids are made from primal material left over after planets formed, the mission will help scientists investigate the formation of our planets and solar system, the origin of water and organic material on Earth, and improve our understanding of asteroids that could impact Earth. OSIRIS-REx marks the first time Canada is participating in an international mission to return an extraterrestrial sample to Earth.
The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) has delivered a sophisticated laser-based mapping system, its contribution to a NASA mission that will be Canada's first international attempt to bring a sample of an asteroid to Earth. NASA's Origins-Spectral Interpretation-Resource Identification-Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) mission will study Bennu, an asteroid that has the potential to impact the Earth in the late 2100s. It is Canada's first international mission to return a sample from an asteroid to Earth.
On Monday, December 14, Canadian Space Agency (CSA) astronaut David Saint-Jacques will connect live from Houston, Texas, with students from St-Bernard College in Drummondville, Quebec. This Skype session is meant to raise the students' awareness of science and technology, but also to discuss Saint-Jacques' journey to becoming an astronaut and space exploration.
On Monday, December 14, Canadian Space Agency (CSA) astronaut David Saint-Jacques will connect via Skype with students from CW Perry School in Airdrie, Alberta. He will answer their questions about living and working in space, his journey to becoming an astronaut as well as his work and training.
On December 9, Canadian Space Agency (CSA) astronaut Jeremy Hansen will connect live from Houston, Texas, with Grade 9 students from Florence Hallock School in Edmonton, Alberta. During a question and answer session via Skype, he will speak about space with the students, who are passionate about the Red Planet and involved in a Mars colonization project.
On December 9, Canadian Space Agency (CSA) astronaut Jeremy Hansen will connect via Skype live from Houston, Texas, with students from Thornwood Public School in Mississauga, Ontario. During a question and answer session, he will speak about space with students in Grades 3 and 4, who are learning about robotics, plants and soil, and Mars colonization.
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