Past #CSATweetup Activities

The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) organizes tweetups to engage and inspire its social media followers, provide them with unique opportunities to go behind-the-scenes and mingle with our astronauts, engineers and scientists to learn about Canadian space science and technology projects while they in turn share their experience on social media. Participants are randomly selected from those who answer our call and register their interest for the event on our Website.

The Amazing Canadian Space Race

Photo of the Amazing Canadian Space Race teams

2014-09-30 – CSA astronauts David Saint-Jacques and Jeremy Hansen pose with the participants of The Amazing Canadian Space Race tweetup. Both teams raced a total of 75 km across Toronto, completing 10 challenges, with the final leg of the race ending in victory for Team David (in yellow), who finished in 3 hours, 45 minutes! It was a dramatic finish for both teams, with David making a spectacular comeback after being slowed by traffic. (Credit: CSA)

  • Date:
  • Where: Toronto, Ontario
  • Special guests: Canadian astronauts @Astro_DavidS and @Astro_Jeremy
  • What: Astronauts Jeremy Hansen and David Saint-Jacques went head to head in a thrilling space race that brought them to space organizations around Toronto as part of the 65th International Astronautical Congress, the world's premier space event. With the help of their respective team of spacetweeps and media representatives, they solved riddles, navigated through obstacle courses and space-themed challenges.
  • # of tweeps: 10
  • Flickr photos of the amazing space race

Landing of Chris Hadfield and the crew of Expedition 35

Photo of tweeps and astronaut at the May 2013 tweetup

Our tweeps pose with CSA astronaut David Saint-Jacques after the landing of Chris Hadfield and his crewmates. May 2013. (Credit: CSA)

  • Date:
  • Where: CSA HQ, Saint-Hubert, Quebec
  • Special guests: Canadian astronauts @Astro_DavidS and @RobertThirsk
  • What: Participants celebrated the end of the successful mission of Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield with CSA employees and key collaborators.
  • # of tweeps: 20

Celebrating Yuri and Chris!

Chris Hadfield joined our Yuri's Night event at Telus World of Science Edmonton live from space. April 9, 2013. This photo was shared during the tweetup by participant Linda Hoang (@lindork)

  • Date:
  • Where: Telus World of Science – Edmonton, Edmonton, Alberta
  • Special guests: Canadian astronaut and ISS Commander @Cmdr_Hadfield (from space); Mathieu Landry, ISS Payloads Supervisor, CSA
  • What: The CSA partnered with Yuri's Night and the Telus World of Science Edmonton to celebrate the first manned spaceflight by cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, the inaugural launch of NASA's Space Shuttle and the mission of Chris Hadfield, who joined us live from the ISS to answer the questions of some of the 500 students present. The event was CSA's first tweetup event in Western Canada.
  • # of tweeps: 25

A day in the life of Chris Hadfield aboard the ISS

Photo taken on February 7, 2013

Edward Birchnall, CSA Robotic Instructor and Mission Controller, shows the basics to a few of our tweetup participants before they try out the Canadarm2 simulator on February 7, 2013. (Credit: CSA)

  • Date:
  • Where: CSA HQ, Saint-Hubert, Quebec
  • Special guests: William Shatner, Canadian astronauts @Cmdr_Hadfield (from space) and @Astro_Jeremy, engineers, scientists and experts
  • What: Participants took part in a live space to ground connection with Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield hosted by fellow astronaut Jeremy Hansen. They also witnessed a conversation between Hadfield and Montreal-born actor, author and former Captain Kirk, William Shatner and were treated to presentations on the Canadian science on ISS, the medical and psychological aspects of a mission, nutrition, exercising and life in space as well as trained on the Canadarm2 simulator and visited the facilities.
  • # of tweeps: 36
  • Flickr photos of the event A day in the life of Chris Hadfield

The Maple Leaf returns to Mars – Mars Curiosity Landing

Group photo during August 2012 Tweetup

Group photo during the CSA Tweetup for the landing of Mars Curiosity on Mars, August 2012. (Credit: CSA)

  • Date:
  • Where: CSA HQ, Saint-Hubert, Quebec
  • Special guests: CSA officials, engineers, scientists and experts; Canadian astronaut @Astro_DavidS by videoconference; event hosted by Isabelle Tremblay, Senior Systems Engineer - CSA Lead Engineer for Phoenix Mars Lander and James Webb Space Telescope projects (@1sa6e11e)
  • What: The Maple Leaf returns to Mars as NASA's Mars Curiosity lands on Mars with Canada's APXS instrument aboard. To highlight this historic event, the CSA organised its 3rd #CSATweetup.
  • # of tweeps: 20
  • Flickr photos of Mars Curiosity Landing

Launch of the last Space Shuttle (Mission STS-135)

Group photo during tweetup commemorating the last space shuttle launch

Group photo during the CSA Tweetup commemorating the launch of the last Space Shuttle mission (STS-135), July 2011. (Credit: CSA)

Launch of the Living in Space Exhibition

Photo during the first tweetup in May 2011

The first CSA Tweetup took place at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum in Ottawa where Canadian astronauts Steve MacLean, Chris Hadfield, Robert Thirsk, David Saint-Jacques and Jeremy Hansen took part in a Q&A session about living and working in space, May 2011. (Credit: CSA)