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A sneak peek at our virtual Junior Astronaut Camp

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We've been working hard to prepare a space-filled training week for the 52 junior astronauts who will virtually join our engineers, scientists and astronauts from to . We recognize that a virtual camp may not be the same as an in-person camp, but a good astronaut needs to be able to adapt to change.

We developed a condensed yet balanced program to accommodate different time zones and active minds while avoiding virtual fatigue. Here's an overview of what we have in store for you.

Virtual camp schedule


 Launch day!

Junior astronauts briefing: Just like real astronauts get briefed before starting a task or launching on a mission, you will be briefed on camp guidelines and introduce yourself to your crewmates.

Icebreaker activity: Launch with your crew aboard Artemis 3 and travel to the Moon! It won't be an easy ride, though! You will need to find clues, problem-solve as a team and learn about the Moon, the Artemis program and space careers before reaching your destination.

Astronaut session: Learn about astronauts from an astronaut. This talk will be followed by a Q&A session and a workout.

The Canadian Space Agency astronaut team includes Jenni Sidey-Gibbons as well as (left to right) David Saint-Jacques, Joshua Kutryk and Jeremy Hansen. (Credit: NASA/Bill Stafford)

 Earth detectives

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to use Canada's RADARSAT Constellation Mission and other satellites to understand how we can monitor Earth from space. You could detect icebergs to prevent ship collisions, identify the safest routes for rescue teams to save stranded people after a flood, or even estimate how many potatoes are grown on Prince Edward Island.

The RADARSAT Constellation Mission satellites. (Credit: Canadian Space Agency)

 Welcome to our space kitchen!

Hear from our nutrition experts about space meals and how to produce fresh food in microgravity. This activity is no picnic, though! You and your team will need to brainstorm a creative system or technologies to provide astronauts with healthy, nutritious foods during their missions. You will reflect on how these solutions can be applied to feed people on Earth, too!

CSA astronaut David Saint-Jacques shows the International Space Stationkitchen" on his birthday, when he was treated to a special meal to celebrate. (Credit: Canadian Space Agency/NASA)

 Driving on the Moon

Become a mission director, scientist, navigator or operator to conduct a rover mission on the Moon! You will need to work as a team to plan the best route, operate a rover, find clues, make scientific observations and maximize scientific findings.

Students from Chambly High School simulate a rover mission at Canadian Space Agency headquarters. (Credit: Canadian Space Agency)

 Robots rule!

Canada is a world leader in space robotics. Our Mission Control and Training team will teach you about robotics during this fast-paced activity.

CSA astronaut Jenni Sidey-Gibbons during robotics training at Canadian Space Agency headquarters. (Credit: Canadian Space Agency)

 Fit body, fit mind

Being fit and healthy is essential for everyone, especially astronauts. In space, they work out at least 1.5 hours every day to help reduce the negative effects of microgravity on their bodies. Our strength and conditioning specialists, who work with our Canadian astronauts, will get you moving to shake off that virtual fatigue.

CSA astronaut David Saint-Jacques is taking a virtual jog with his wife around their Montreal neighbourhood from aboard the International Space Station. (Credit: Canadian Space Agency/NASA)

 Meet the experts

We heard you! In your application videos, many of you said you were looking forward to meeting CSA engineers and scientists in specific domains or shared your interest in a particular space topic. On the last day of the camp, you will learn about the many different aspects of the space field and various fascinating careers available by chatting with some of our experts. We will share the list of speakers in advance so you can prepare your questions.

Canadian Space Agency headquarters in Saint-Hubert, Quebec. Credit: Canadian Space Agency

 Astronauts have fun too!

We will make sure that you enjoy some fun time with your new friends during an optional evening activity on Thursday. More details to come!

Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield plays the guitar in the International Space Station's cupola. (Credit: NASA)

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