This Thursday, during a scheduled Tweetup at the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) Headquarters in St Hubert, Quebec, two space commanders will have a chat over the phone.
CSA astronaut Chris Hadfield, who has been on the International Space Station (ISS) since December 21, will get a call from Canadian-born actor William Shatner, who played James T. Kirk in the original Star Trek series. Read more at SpaceRef Canada.
After nearly 20 years of planning and development, Canada will finally enter into military space with the expected launch of the Sapphire satellite early next year.
Built by prime contractor MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates in conjunction with COM DEV and two foreign firms, Britain’s Surrey Satellite Technology and Denmark’s Terma A/S, this electro-optical satellite will be located in low earth orbit and is designed to monitor the outer orbits between six and forty thousand kilometres from earth, and particularly the geo-synchronous and stationary (GEO) orbits in support of the U.S. Space Surveillance Network (SSN) and the NORAD early warning mission. Read more at Vangaurd.
From his vantage point, more than 200 miles above Earth, Canadian Space Agency astronaut Chris Hadfield answers questions from CBC News in Toronto about his time living and working on the International Space Station. Watch his full interview at SpaceRef Canada.
'Let's use Twitter to communicate like never before,' astronaut Chris Hadfield tweeted on New Year's Eve. 'See the year and the world through each others' eyes.' In recent days, Hadfield has been sending photographs from orbit out to the Twitterverse. See all the pictures at Maclean's.
At 7:12 a.m. ET this morning the Soyuz TMA-07M rocket with the Expedition 34 crew of Chris Hadfield, Tom Marshburn (USA) and Roman Romanenko (Russia) launched to the International Space Station on Expedition 34 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on a historic mission for Hadfield and Canada's space program. Read more at SpaceRef Canada.
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