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The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) is responsible for:

Astronauts Jeremy Hansen and David Saint-Jacques at the CSA

May 14, 2009, hundreds of employees gathered at the CSA head office and warmly received their two new colleagues, astronauts Jeremy Hansen and David Saint-Jacques. (Credit: CSA.)

A bit of history

Established in March 1989, the CSA is a federal agency responsible for managing all of Canada's civil space-related activities. The objects and functions of the CSA are set out in the Canadian Space Agency Act (S.C. 1990, c. 13).

In 1996, the CSA building is officially designated as the John H. Chapman Space Centre, commemorating the scientist Canadians consider the father of their space program.

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What does the CSA do?

The CSA focuses its activities and resources on three main areas:

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The CSA also occupies an important place among the many space agencies in the world. The organization boasts numerous partnerships with:

The CSA is led by a President who reports to the Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry.

The CSA has approximately 670 employees:

Canada, a nation of space innovations. (Credit: CSA)

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