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Tomatosphere: Sowing the seeds of discovery through student science

AuroraMAX

AuroraMAX

Billed as the successor to the famed Hubble Space Telescope, the James Webb Space Telescope (Webb) is the most complex and powerful telescope ever built.

AuroraMAX

AuroraMAX

AuroraMAX features live broadcast of the Northern Lights from Yellowknife, Northwest Territories.

25th anniversary of the Canadian Space Agency

25th anniversary of the Canadian Space Agency

March 1: 25th anniversary of the Canadian Space Agency. Our accomplishments have fuelled a flourishing space industry and inspired our nation.

Canada's Space Policy Framework

Canada's Space Policy Framework

Learn more on this comprehensive approach to Canada's future in space.

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Online Store Aeronautica

The Canada Aviation and Space Museum becomes the authorized supplier of Canadian Space Agency products. Visit the AERONAUTICA boutique to see what is available.

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Canada has the largest national parks system in the world - 42 national parks. Visit: "Space in my Daily Life"

Canada invests in the James Webb Space Telescope

Industry Minister James Moore and Canadian Space Agency Astronaut Jeremy Hansen visited students at Elgin Street Public School to talk about Canada’s role in the James Webb Space Telescope, the most powerful space telescope ever built. Source: Canadian Space Agency

In Focus

Canadarm2 captures SpaceX's Dragon

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.

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TomatosphereTM

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 !

  1. 600 000 tomato seeds are prepared to be sent to space.
  2. 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.
  3. The tomato seeds spend 5 weeks in space, orbiting the planet about 550 times.
  4. 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.
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Astronomers glimpse clusters of galaxies forming

2015-03-31 - A team of cosmologists, including astronomers from the University of British Columbia, has discovered what may be the precursors of the vast clusters of galaxies that we see in the universe today.

Continue reading about Planck Space Telescope news

Humans of the Canadian Space Agency

Humans of CSA

Learn more about who works at the Canadian Space Agency!

Continue reading Humans of CSA

Train Disaster

Lac-Mégantic Train Disaster

Natural Disasters

The disaster in Malawi

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Canadian Space technology helps breast cancer patients

The Centre for Surgical Innovation and Invention turned to Canadarm technology to develop IGAR (Image-Guided Autonomous Robot), a promising platform offering one stop diagnosis and treatment for patients with a high risk of breast cancer. More information on Canadian Space technology

RADARSAT-2:
Keeping an eye on Earth

Capable of scanning the Earth at all times, day or night through any weather conditions, RADARSAT-2 has typically acquired more than 30,000 images a year since its launch in 2007. More information on RADARSAT-2