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Harper Rescues the RADARSAT Constellation Mission?

On the day that Chris Hadfield soared into space for his five month mission to the International Space Station comes this National Post story; “Stephen Harper steps in to save Radarsat upgrade after budget cutbacks threatened satellite program’s future.” I almost chocked on my laughter at such an ironic headline. After all, wasn’t it Harper and the government that almost scrapped the program?

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MODIS Image of West Central Canada

NASA’s MODIS or Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer, a key instrument on the Terra satellite, took this spectacular image of west central Canada on September 13th. The top quarter of the image shows the Northwest Territories and Great Slave Lake. Below the Northwest Territories from left to right are the provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, and Saskatchewan. On the border of Alberta and Saskatchewan is Lake …

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European Southern Observatory Night Sky Panorama

The first of three images of ESO’s GigaGalaxy Zoom project — a new magnificent 800-million-pixel panorama of the entire sky as seen from ESO’s observing sites in Chile — has just been released online. The project allows stargazers to explore and experience the Universe as it is seen with the unaided eye from the darkest and best viewing locations in the world.

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Rover Technologies Outlined in Canadian Space Agency Contracts

A lunar or Martian rover appears to be among the priorities that will eventually be outlined in Canada’s Long-Term Space Plan, a planning tool the Canadian Space Agency says it has been working to complete during the past year. That information emerged from a series of CSA tenders – collectively worth at least $9.75 million – issued these past few weeks on Merx, a Canadian …

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One Hundred Days in Space

I haven’t driven a car in three months, and yet I’ve traveled 70 million kilometers. I’ve watched 16 sunrises and sunsets in a single day. I’ve sipped coffee out of a bag through a straw, and squeezed macaroni and cheese from a package into my mouth. I’ve conducted many scientific and medical experiments. I’ve welcomed extraterrestrial friends to my home and bid them farewell. I’ve …

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NASA's Second Chance

Charlie Bolden is no stranger to space exploration but he is a newbie in the Administrator’s suite and the strange ecology of Washington, DC interactions that the job entails. His first three days on the job have been abnormal with all the Apollo hoopla swirling through everyone’s heads. Most of the time it is going to be far less glamorous.

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