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Arctic Cyclone Breaks Up Sea Ice

NASA has released the following animation which shows how the winds of a large Arctic cyclone broke up the thinning sea ice cover of the Arctic Ocean in early August 2012. According to NASA the storm likely contributed to the ice cap’s shrinking to the smallest recorded extent in the past three decades.

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An Interview with ISS Expedition 34/35 Flight Engineer/Commander Astronaut Chris Hadfield

Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield is scheduled to launch on a Soyuz on December 5th for the International Space Station for a six month mission. As a member of Expedition 34 he will be a Flight Engineer. During the second half of his mission he will be the space station Commander as part of Expedition 35. This will be the first time a Canadian has taken …

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Alouette 1 – Celebrating 50 Years of Canada in Space

Sam Ayre and Harry Kowalik working on the Alouette 1 mockup spacecraft.

Canada’s first satellite, Alouette 1, is best known for being dedicated to scientific research. But that is only part of the story. Alouette 1, which continues to silently orbit the Earth on the 50th anniversary of its launch, was as much a product of the Cold War as its more famous predecessor, Sputnik, and it was a forerunner of the communications satellites that have since …

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Military Space Drives Israel Space Program for Now

Israel, a country of close to 8 million people with an approximate $80 million space budget, both civil and military, is ranked 9th in the world in the latest edition of Futron’s Space Competitiveness Index. This, despite having less than 1/10th the GDP than four of the countries ahead of it and 1/5th of the other four. Israel is also part of a small exclusive …

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