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CASCA sets astronomy observation, funding and diversity recommendations in new report

CASTOR space telescope

The Canadian Astronomical Society / Société Canadienne d'Astronomie (CASCA)'s long-range plan for Canadian astronomy was released this month, setting out astronomical construction, observation and diversity priorities for the next decade. This page is for subscribers only. Already a subscriber? Log in. Fact-driven space news, columns, business, policy, technology and more. Support independent journalism. SUBSCRIBE TODAY

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The Lunar VIPER rover and the space economy

NASA lunar VIPER rover

NASA’s Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover, known as the VIPER rover, is a precursor science mission for the Artemis program. It is scheduled to be delivered to the surface of the Moon in December 2022. It’s also important to the space economy.

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How to see the great Jupiter and Saturn conjunction

The great Jupiter - Saturn conjunction of December 21, 2020

Jupiter and Saturn are in the midst of a great planetary dance, one which from Earth will result in the two planets appearing side by side in the night sky culminating in the great planetary conjunction on December 21. Even if the skies aren’t clear where you are, you’ll be able to virtually watch the event.

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Food security and space farming

Nanoracks StarLab Space Farming Center initiative for food security

Even before the current COVID-19 pandemic food, security was an issue that many nations were contending with. Research and development on-orbit to address this issue has happened, but it’s been limited. Now, a new commercial effort is looking to bring meaningful solutions to agricultural issues on Earth.

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OSIRIS-REx spacecraft performs flawless touch-and-go maneuver

OSIRIS-REx spacecraft Touch-And-Go (TAG) sample collection

It was scripted to happen this way, but when it did what it was supposed to do, ground controllers and scientists elation was clearly evident. What had just happened? A spacecraft, OSIRIS-REx, had just “touched” down, albeit it for seconds, on asteroid Bennu, grabbed a bunch of “dust and pebbles,” and taken off again with its prize. It lasted mere seconds, yet took years to …

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