Canadian Space Agency Stories

Canadian Scientists Share Their Thoughts as the Curiosity Rover is Set to Land on Mars

Canada is playing an integral role as part of the Mars Science Laboratory mission and the Curiosity Rover which will attempt landing on the Red planet early Monday morning at 1:31 a.m. EDT (10:31 p.m. PDT). On board the rover is an Alpha Particle X-Ray Spectrometer (APXS) Canada contributed. The APXS determines the elemental chemistry of rocks and soils using alpha particles and X-rays.

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Canadarm Heads Home but How Many Canadians Will See It?

A year after the last Shuttle flight an iconic piece of Canadian hardware, the Canadarm from the orbiter Endeavour, has left the Kennedy Space Center and is on its way to the MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (MDA) Brampton facility to be “sanitized and refurbished”. Once that is complete, the Canadarm will go on display at the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) headquarters in St. Hubert, …

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Robotic Space Station Handyman Dextre Set for Next Challenging Task

This animation gives an overview of the next operations for the Robotic Refueling Mission (RRM), scheduled for June 19-21, 2012. A collaboration between NASA and the Canadian Space Agency, the Robotic Refueling Mission is an experiment on the exterior of the International Space Station that uses Dextre, the Station’s Canadian-built robotic handyman, to test the technologies, tools and techniques that could be used to service …

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Canadarm to be Used to Capture and Berth SpaceX Dragon Spacecraft

After its successful launch yesterday atop the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, the Dragon spacecraft is currently in orbit making its way for a rendezvous with the International Space Station (ISS) on Friday morning at 8:06 a.m. at a distance of 2.5 km below the ISS. At that time, and before the capture and berthing take place, the Dragon spacecraft will perform a series of tests …

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International Polar Year 2012 Speech by Steve MacLean – Strategic Infrastructure Theme Mentioned Again

Last Monday, April 23rd, Canadian Space Agency President Steve MacLean was the guest luncheon speaker at the International Polar Year 2012 conference being held in Montreal. Below is the transcript of that speech. Of note, MacLean once again referred to some of Canada’s current and possible future satellites as “part of that (Canada) strategic infrastructure”.

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