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The Future Direction of Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (Podcast)

The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC) recently held its annual general assembly in Fredericton between July 1-4. One key event at the general assembly was an open forum and panel discussion titled “Boldly Navigating Where no one has Gone Before: The Future of the RASC in the 21st Century. The panel discussion was recorded for the Starizona’s Let’s Talk Stars radio programme hosted by …

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Imagine Seeing the First Stars – A Video Trailer

A new NASA teaser video was released yesterday for the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST). And it’s all about imagining what discoveries this next generation telescope and successor to the Hubble Space Telescope will find. Canada is a major contributor providing the Fine Guidance Sensor (FGS) and Tuneable Filter Imager (TFI). The JWST is schedule to be launched in 2014.

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RASC Issues Green Laser Pointer Usage Information

The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada issued the following information for its members. Over the last decade the striking ethereal glow of Green Laser Pointers (GLPs) has become a familiar sight at astronomy education and public outreach (EPO) events, from star parties for beginners to sky-at-night tours around astronomical installations. With the beam of a GLP an astronomy educator can direct an audience unerringly to …

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UBC Astronomers Release Most Detailed Images of Deep Space from 12 Billions Ago

University of British Columbia (UBC) astronomers led by UBC post-doctoral fellow Gaelen Marsden have released the most detailed images of deep space from 12 billion years ago using data from the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Herschel Space Observatory. The results were recently presented at the first International Herschel Science Meeting in Madrid, Spain.

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Mars on Earth Field Season Begins

After being delayed for nine days the first support staff and crew have made it to the NASA Haughton-Mars Project and Mars Society base camp. The base camp is located right next to Haughton Crater on Devon Island in Canada’s high Arctic. Weather in the arctic is always an issue. This year the snow melt was a little latter than usual. Combine that with fog, …

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Canadian Space Agency Announces Spaceflight Research Opportunity

On the heels of the Canadian Space Agency’s recent announcement of a major expansion of its space exploration program comes this new announcement of opportunity. Researchers have until June 28th to submit a letter of intent for their life science experiment. Successful proposals will be flown between 2004 and 2006 and have maximum annual funding of $100,000 for up to three years. Experiments must take …

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Canada Home to State of the Art Controlled Environment Systems Research Facility

While Canada’s robot arms do their work in orbit, Canadian researchers on the ground are developing cutting edge deep space life support systems. The University of Guelph in Ontario has opened a brand new Controlled Environment Systems (CES) research facility that will eventually contain 14 hypobaric (reduced pressure) chambers. The chambers – the first of which was opened last week – will allow researchers to …

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A Canadian Martian Scientific Wish List

Participants at the 3rd Canadian Space Exploration Workshop (CSEW) had the happy task on Saturday of putting together a wish list of scientific objectives for a Canadian program of Mars exploration. On Friday night, Canadian Space Agency Executive Vice President Marc Garneau had surprised the space sciences community by announcing his intention to see Canada become a major player in the international Mars research scene. …

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