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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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Kitchener-Waterloo to Host Three Day Southern Ontario Science and Space Festival

This coming weekend Kitchener-Waterloo will host the Southern Ontario Science and Space Research and Technology Festival at the Kitchener City Hall and other local venues. The three day festival starting this Friday includes public screenings of popular science fiction movies, a full afternoon of talks from researcher and engineers on Sunday and a live interactive webcast with Canadian Space Agency astronaut Jeremy Hanson.

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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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