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Gaspesie - Fall Colours @gaspesiejetaime

Gaspesie Fall Colours

I just got back from a week in the Gaspésie region of Quebec. My lovely wife is from a village in the north so I have the good fortune of being an “adopted son” there.

For those who may not know, Gaspésie is a large peninsula in Eastern Quebec jutting out into the St Lawrence. The whole area is dramatically dominated by cliffs hills and mountains, criss-crossed with rivers and valleys, and…

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Planetary Society Celebrates Canada’s Achievements in Space @exploreplanets

Planetary Radio taping at University of Toronto, to a packed house

One great memory I take away from the International Astronautical Congress which occurred in Toronto last week was the Planetary Radio taping of a special episode celebrating Canada’s achievements in space exploration.

The Planetary Society has been focusing on growing Canadian membership since last winter. The not for profit group, which has 40,000 members, used the opportunity of International…

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UrtheCast Cameras on ISS - Copyright Business Week

Earlier this week I visited UrtheCast’s booth in the International Astronautical Congress 2014 exhibit hall. The Vancouver-based company is developing a NewSpace technology that could disrupt any number of Earth-based industries.

I’ve previously blogged on their offering – it is a unique space-based data and software platform which is the forerunner of what I expect to become a space-as-a-service

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#IAC2014

Commercial Spaceflight plenary
IAC 2014 Plenary Session  on Commercial Space Flight

Moderator Michael Lopez-Alegria  is the President of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation. He says the.Ansari X-Prize marks the start of commercial spaceflight.

Crowded house for Commercial space flight plenary.

Crowded house for Commercial space flight plenary.

Panel Introductions

Mark Strangelo is the Corporate Vice Pesident of Sierra Nevada Corporation. He says the growth of commercial…

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#IAC 2014 in Toronto: “The World Needs Space” Opening Ceremony

IAC 2014 Opening ceremony

The International Astronautical Congress (IAC) kicked off its 65th space congress this morning in downtown Toronto with a heartfelt, funny, musical show with lots of star power.

Canadian Space Agency astronauts David St-Jacques and Jeremy Hansenwere the genial hosts and did a great job making everyone feel welcome and entertained. Notable participants included Cirque du Soleil performers, a video…

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India celebrates Mars Orbital Mission arrival - Copyright AFP/Getty Images.

This week two spacecraft reached Mars.

The first is a NASA craft that will study Mars’ upper atmosphere, and the second is from the Indian space agency and is called “Mangalyaan” or Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM). It was inserted in Mars orbit tonight.

The Mangalyaan probe is a huge success for India because it was done on a tiny budget ($74 M), marks their first successful interplanetary voyage, and…

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One Hundred Years of Progress

How do we measure progress?

One hundred years ago today, on August 4, 1914, the Governor General of Canada received a telegram notifying him that Britain was at war with Germany, and therefore so were all its colonies and dominions. Over the next four years Canada’s citizens joined much of the world population and sacrificed their blood, tears and treasure in what became known as “The Great War”.

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There’s a very cool art project called “Exobiotanica” that just launched a bonsai tree and a floral arrangement into space, and tracked and photographed the result.

Set against the beautiful blue backdrop of our home planet, and the darkness of space, the results are really surprising, and a fantastic application of artistic creativity in an unexpected place.

Bonsai Tree in Space. Copyright Azuma Makoto

Bonsai Tree in Space. Copyright Azuma…

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Yuri's Night
Yuri’s Night

I am looking forward to attending the Ottawa Chapter of the Canadian Space Society’s Yuri’s Night - an annual worldwide celebration of the first human space flight, and of space exploration.

From the Yuri’s Night Website:

Yuri’s Night is a global celebration of humanity’s past, present, and future in space. Yuri’s Night parties and events are held around the world every April in…

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Astronaut for Sale
CSCA Annual National Conference

The Canadian Space Commerce Association’s Annual National Conference was held at the Hyatt Regency in Toronto today. The theme of the conference was “New Manufacturing for NewSpace”.

Why Have a Business Association For Space?

Arny Sokoloff, the President of the Canadian Space Commerce Association, kicked off the conference by explaining what the CSCA does.

Arny Sokoloff - CSCA President

Arny…

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