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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


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National Air and Space Museum Mall Exhibits / Photo by National Air and Space Museum.

I’m visiting Washington DC in two weeks on the way back from the SharePoint Conference 2014 in Las Vegas. Although I’ve been to Washington before I’ve never visited the National Air and Space Museum or the Udvar-Hazy Center. I have between 6 to 8 hours to spend at either one. If it’s the Museum, I might explore the Planetarium and checking out the Mars Rovers exhibit. If it’s the Udvar-Hazy…

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Space Jump

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