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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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MDA Union Wants Canadarm to be Displayed in a Museum

A letter from Roland Kiehne, President of the CAW Local 112 (MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates Brampton) was sent and published by the Postmedia Network across their network of papers including the Ottawa Citizen questioning the decision to display the iconic Canadarm at the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) headquarters rather than a museum.

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Canada: 50 Years in Space

2012 marks Canada’s 50th year in space. It was September 29th, 1962 that Canada became the third country in the world to develop its own satellite and see it launched. In the 50 years since Canada has become a major contributor in space. Several events will highlight this anniversary. The first to is an exhibit which just opened at Canada’s Embassy in Washington.

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Russian Soyuz Launches with COM DEV exactView-1 Satellite

A Russian Soyuz-FG vehicle launched early Sunday morning from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan with five satellites onboard including COM DEV’s ExactView-1 as a secondary payload. Other satellites included the primary payloads of the Russian satellite KANOPUS-V1 (Canopus-B) and Belarusian BKA satellite and other secondary payloads MKA-PN1 from Russia and German TET-1.

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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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The Canadian Space Agency and NASA Test Lunar Technologies

Neptec rover at KSC

The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) has been invited by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to test technologies and concepts for lunar exploration. The joint nine-day field test takes place starting this week in a volcanic area near Hilo, Hawaii. A Canadian built rover will test procedures which may ultimately prove that water can be obtained from lunar soil.

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