The "Living in Space" Exhibition

Chris Hadfield

Living in Space is a bilingual interactive exhibition that explores the challenges of daily life in space. It provides a novel opportunity for visitors to discover how astronauts work, entertain themselves and tackle basic tasks like eating, sleeping and personal hygiene in a weightless environment.

This exhibition offers an immersive learning environment that is designed to inspire and ignite an interest among Canadian youth in the sciences, engineering and technology.

Highlights of Living in Space include a robotics simulator, an electronic touch table, and a collection of unique space artefacts contributed by our Canadian astronauts.

  • The robotics simulator is a simplified version of the training simulator astronauts use to practice operations with robots in space like Canadarm2. Visitors will have the opportunity to perform their own space robotics operations and understand the complexity behind "cosmic catches".
  • With the help of the touch table, visitors will learn and experience important aspects of mealtime in a simulated microgravity environment as they become familiar with the intriguing restrictions and challenges associated with eating in space.
  • One of the unique pieces included in Living in Space is the "space guitar". Canadian Astronaut Chris Hadfield brought it aboard the MIR Space Station in 1995 as a gift to the Russian Cosmonauts.

The Canada Aviation and Space Museum in Ottawa will host a permanent version of the exhibition, while another version will travel to science centres and museums across Canada. It will begin its journey in June 2011 at the Cosmodôme, in Laval, Quebec. The Living in Space exhibition will be offered free of charge for visitors as access will be included in the host science centre or museum's general entrance fee.

Technical Specifications:

  • Exhibition Area: 165 m2
  • Exhibition Height: 3.048 m
  • Visitor capacity: 60

The Canadian Space Agency's (CSA) Travelling Exhibitions Program

The Living in Space exhibition was developed as part of the CSA's travelling exhibitions program. Since 2008, the Agency has funded the development and transport of travelling exhibitions, lending them for periods of up to 3-months to Canadian science centres and museums. This exhibition program is a critical undertaking in the CSA's national awareness and learning campaign which reaches out to Canadians in their own communities to raise an interest among youth to pursue studies in the sciences, engineering and technology.

For more information about the Living in Space exhibition, visit: www.asc-csa.gc.ca