Canadarm2 to capture SpaceX's Dragon
2015-04-15 - SpaceX's Dragon is scheduled to arrive at the International Space Station (ISS) on Friday, April 17, around 7 a.m. EDT. European Space Agency Astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti will perform a "cosmic catch" with Canadarm2 to grapple Dragon so that ground crews can dock it to the ISS. NASA TV will broadcast Dragon's arrival starting at 5 a.m. Follow the CSA's Twitter account for updates and live coverage of robotics.
2015-04-13 - Since 2001, over 3 million students have taken part in Tomatosphere, a space research project in which classrooms grow tomato seeds to learn about exciting world of science, space exploration, food and nutrition. Continue reading about TomatosphereTM news
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Take a bite out of the science with Tomatosphere ™!
- 600 000 tomato seeds are prepared to be sent to space.
- The seeds travel to space in the belly of a dragon—SpaceX's Dragon space ship, which transports the seeds to the International Space Station.
- The tomato seeds spend 5 weeks in space, orbiting the planet about 550 times.
- Back on Earth, the seeds are sent to 18 000 classrooms across Canada and the United States. Students then grow the space seeds and compare them with regular seeds. They will only find out which seeds went to space when they complete the experiment.
Why grow tomatoes in space?
Future crews on long space missions will not be able to take all their food with them—they will need to grow plants, which will add oxygen and water and remove carbon dioxide from the environment. Why tomatoes? They are easy to grow, versatile, nutritious and tasty and make a great space salsa!
- *Over 17 800 classes took part in Tomatosphere™ in 2014.
- *Since it began in 2001, Tomatosphere™ has reached over 3 million students across Canada and the United States.