Canadian Space Agency Exhibitions

Exhibition: Space to Spoon

Space to spoon

Find out more about the new Canadian Space Agency travelling exhibit Space to Spoon. The exhibition, which was produced in partnership with the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum, explores Canadian space technology: the role it plays in agriculture and what impact it has on the food we eat.

For more information about the exhibition, please visit the Space to Spoon exhibition Web page.

Exhibition: Satellites in our everyday lives

Satellites in our everyday lives

Satellites in our everyday lives is an exhibition developed by the Canadian Space Agency. It highlights what satellites do and how they contribute to the well-being of humanity.

Though their applications are not always well known, satellites meet the public’s day-to-day needs and help protect the planet. They allow us to make calls, watch TV or use a GPS. Scientists also use them to collect data on the environment and the climate. But did you know that satellites also play a role in agriculture, ice monitoring and medicine?

To consult and download the exhibit, please visit the Satellites in our everyday lives exhibition webpage.

Life in Orbit: The International Space Station Exhibition

International Space Station

International Space Station (ISS) (Credit: NASA)

Life in Orbit: The International Space Station is a 2200 sq. ft. exhibition that tells the story of daily life aboard this marvel of technology. Learn how the Station works through the eyes of the astronauts who have lived there.

For more information about the exhibition, please visit the Life in Orbit exhibition Web page.

Canadarm Exhibit

Although not part of the Living in Space exhibition, don't miss the Canadarm exhibit also at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum.

For more information about the Canadarm, please visit the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) Canadarm Web page.

For more information:

Canada Aviation and Space Museum
11 Aviation Parkway
Ottawa, Ontario K1GK 2X5
CANADA

Telephone: 613-993-2010
Fax: 613-990-3665
Email: cts@technomuses.ca
Web: Living in Space
Canadarm exhibit

AuroraMAX Simulator

The Canadian Space Agency's AuroraMAX simulator is a stand-alone, interactive exhibit designed to convey to all the science and the splendour of the Northern Lights, along with the impacts of the Sun on Earth. (Credit: Canadian Space Agency)

Auroras occur when charged particles (electrons and protons) collide with gases in the Earth's upper atmosphere, producing tiny flashes that fill the sky with colourful light. (Credit: James Pugsley, Astronomy North)

The CSA's AuroraMAX simulator is a stand-alone, interactive exhibit designed to convey to all the science and the splendor of the Northern Lights, along with the impacts of the Sun on Earth and why the CSA conducts research in this field.

The exhibit is currently showcased at the Northern Frontier Visitors Centre, in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, and allows viewers to get a wide-screen perspective on the Northern Lights or aurora borealis phenomenon as it occurs on the sun, in space, in the Earth's upper atmosphere, and how the event is seen from the Earth's surface.

The exhibit uses touchless technology that captures hand movements and allows the participant to interact more directly with the content, and navigate the exhibit however they choose.

The simulator enables users to voyage through the solar system on the solar wind, visiting each of the planets to learn more about the phenomena that give rise to the aurora, as well as the effects of solar outbursts on Earth, which can range from disruptions in the telecommunications and navigation systems, to the loss of satellites, to increased radiation exposure for astronauts and the crew onboard aircraft. Visitors can also draw their own aurora and (subject to local internet connection) email it as an e-postcard; view images of the Sun live; and navigate a gallery of images and videos.

The simulator is part of the AuroraMAX public outreach initiative dedicated to the comprehension and observation of Canada's northern lights. The heart of the project is the observatory, which broadcasts the aurora borealis live from Yellowknife during the aurora season.

AuroraMAX is a collaborative initiative between the University of Calgary, the City of Yellowknife, Astronomy North and the CSA.