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CSA astronaut presentation among highlights of AstroFest activities in Montreal

CSA employee gives an explanation to visitors

A CSA employee gives an explanation to visitors. (Credit: CSA)

About 4000 people came to AstroFest, a fun-filled day focused on astronomy and Moon exploration at the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium in Montreal on May 7.

The festivities were free and included specialised telescopes for close-up views at the sun and moon, a presentation by astronaut David Saint-Jacques, workshops and arts and crafts, and information booths by the CSA and .......

CSA employee gives an explanation to visitors

AstroFest  took place at the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium in Montreal. (Credit: CSA)

Jean Dupuis, Space Astronomy Senior Mission Scientist at the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), participated in a panel discussion on the James Webb Space Telescope. He highlighted Canada's role in the groundbreaking mission and described how Canada's scientific instrument aboard Webb, the Near-Infrared Imager and Slitless Spectograph (NIRISS), will be critical in learning more about the evolution of galaxies.

Jean Dupuis about Canada's contribution to the James Webb Space Telescope

The CSA's Space Astronomy Senior Mission Scientist, Jean Dupuis, discusses how Canada's contribution to the James Webb Space Telescope offers observation opportunities for Canadian universities and young researchers across Canada. (Credit: CSA)

Later in the evening, CSA astronaut David Saint-Jacques presented Canada's role in lunar exploration to hundreds of lucky spectators. In case you missed it, watch the presentation.

David Saint-Jacques wows the audience with a presentation on Canada's role in lunar exploration

CSA astronaut David Saint-Jacques wows the audience with a presentation on Canada's role in lunar exploration. (Credit: CSA)

AstroFest was a real treat for all the senses this past Saturday. Musical entertainment provided by Grüv'n Brass got the audience moving! The CSA also debuted tracks from its new Moon-themed Spotify playlist.

The evening was capped with nighttime star-gazing using a variety of telescopes on the grounds. Viewers were able to admire the Moon and much more!

Moon's craters through the telescopes on site

Event attendees were able to observe the Moon's craters through the telescopes on site. (Credit: CSA)

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