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Guy Lalibert Is On His Way

Flight Engineers Jeffrey Williams and Maxim Suraev of the 21st International Space Station crew launched in their Soyuz TMA-16 spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 3:14 a.m. EDT Wednesday to begin a six-month stay in space. Less than 10 minutes after launch their spacecraft reached orbit, and its antennas and solar arrays were deployed shortly afterward. With Williams, a retired U.S. Army colonel, …

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This Week in Space for Canada: September 26th, 2009

No one in Canada wants an election, but Canadian political parties are presently going out of their way to hem, haw and pretend that one could potentially happen at any moment. One of the unintended side-effects of all this activity is a new appreciation that the development of a suitable Canadian scientific, social and business environment for industrial and aerospace focused activities is indeed an …

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SpaceX Falcon 9 Set to Launch with Dragon Spacecraft

SpaceX has confirmed that the maiden launch of their Falcon 9 rocket is a go for sometime later this year and perhaps as early as November 29. The Falcon 9 launch was anticipated this year however what was not anticipated is that on its maiden voyage it would carry the Dragon spacecraft.

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Is Water Abundant on the Moon?

According to our companion site NASA Watch, where the news broke, the journal Science will publish three papers tomorrow from three independent spacecraft that confirm the Moon has an abundant supply of water. At the same time NASA will be holding a briefing 2 p.m. EDT to discuss the new findings.

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Equinox at Saturn

While our planet is experiences equinox twice a year, the fall autumnal equinox being today, Saturn experiences equinox twice every 29.7 Earth years. That is the time it takes the Saturn to do one orbit around the sun. NASA’s Cassini spacecraft was there to view this incredible show that has provided scientists an unprecedented view of this event last month.

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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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Telesat Nimiq 5 Launches Aboard Russian Proton Breeze M Rocket

Telesat saw its Nimiq 5 satellite launched today from pad 39 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan aboard a Russian Proton Breeze M rocket. Nimiq 5 is a commercial communications satellite built by Space Systems/Loral for Telesat. Nimiq 5 will utilize 32 high-powered Ku-band transponders to deliver high definition and direct-to-home television services for EchoStar and the Dish Network in the United States.

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