In an effort to educate the public on how satellite data is used by farmers to help the “development of sustainable agriculture practices and what impact they have on the food we eat,” the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) and the Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation opened up the Space to Spoon exhibit in Moncton today.
This exhibition is part of the celebrations for Canada 150 and it will travel across the country until 2020.
The CSA describes the exhibit as follows; “through videos and interactive experiences, visitors will see how satellite data, including those collected by RADARSAT-2, are used by farmers. They will also learn how those data support the development of sustainable agriculture practices and what impact they have on the food we eat.”
The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage said of the opening of the exhibit “we are very proud to unveil this travelling exhibition as part of the Canada 150 celebrations. It will provide Canadians with an enriching opportunity to learn about our space technologies. Thanks to this partnership between the Canadian Space Agency and the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum, science and technology will be present in a wide variety of cultural and other public venues in the years to come.”
Astronaut David Saint-Jacques Gives a Tour of Space to Spoon Exhibit
- The exhibition is made up of four modules integrating interactive and digital elements, including hands-on models, videos and photos, to guide visitors through the tour and enhance their understanding.
- The Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation, which includes the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum, is managing the exhibition’s itinerary. The exhibition will first be available at Resurgo Place until May 21, 2017.
- RADARSAT-2 offers precision ground monitoring. Farmers can use this satellite’s data to improve risk management and crop quality.
- In 2018, the CSA will launch the RADARSAT Constellation Mission, which will improve data quality and availability. This constellation of satellites will provide a significant advantage over its predecessor by making it possible to monitor Canada’s entire land mass on a daily basis.