Industry Minister James Moore and Canadian Space Agency (CSA) Astronaut David Saint-Jacques unveiled the Canada from Space Giant Floor Map, a collaboration between the Canada Aviation and Space Museum (CASM), the Royal Canadian Geographical Society and the CSA. During the event, that took place at the CASM in Ottawa, the Minister and the astronaut interacted on the map with students from the John Young Elementary School. Here are the highlights of this event. Credit: Canadian Space Agency
On July 17, 2014, Treasury Board President Tony Clement announced the Canadian Space Agency's (CSA) contribution to the OSIRIS-REx mission. The mission will use Canadian laser optic technology, like the device that took the 3D image shown on screen, to scan an asteroid, and choose the best area of its surface to collect sample that will be returned to Earth for study.
In order to prepare Canada for the next steps in the international exploration of space, the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) has worked in collaboration with over 40 Canadian companies and universities to build a team of terrestrial rovers.
Lac-Mégantic Train Disaster
International Charter provides Pleiades imagery over the Lac-Mégantic disaster
Canada has obtained a very high resolution image of the Lac-Mégantic train wreck, which was captured on July 13 by Pléiades, a satellite of the CNES, the French space agency. This picture was taken after Public Safety Canada activated the International Charter on Space and Major Disasters, in which the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) is actively involved. The data shared in the context of the Charter help damage assessment and support recovery efforts. (Credit: CNES 2013, Distribution Astrium Services/Spot Image S.A. France)
Red frame Disaster area
Green circle Residential
Red circle Commercial
Green frame Affected residential
Orange frame Affected Commercial
Yellow line Roads
Hatched line Railroad
This animation map shows an overview of the destruction caused by the train derailment and explosion that occurred at Lac-Mégantic on July 6, 2013. The product was developed by Effigis Geo-Solutions (Montreal, Canada) as part of their mandate in the Canadian Space Agency's Rapid Information Products and Services (RIPS) initiative.