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February 2013 Archives



MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (MDA) reported financial results for the full year and fourth quarter ended December 31, 2012.


MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (MDA) has been awarded a contract to build a sophisticated mapping system for a joint Canada-US mission to retrieve samples of an asteroid.


After a successful launch yesterday aboard an Indian rocket, Canada's critical Sapphire and NEOSSat satellites along with the other satellites launched have all communicated with ground control and appear to be working fine.


This morning at 7:31 a.m. EST an Indian Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) successfully launched from the Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota carrying seven satellites into orbit including four Canadian built satellites.


Every year, Arctic sea ice shrinks and grows, reaching its minimum in September and its maximum in February or March. As sea ice nears its maximum, it often begins to form in Canada's Gulf of St. Lawrence. That's likely what was happening when the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA's Aqua satellite acquired this true-color image on February 11, 2013.


On Monday morning at 7:26 a.m. EST an Indian Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) will launch from the Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota, India with four Canadian built satellites and three other satellites.


While the menu has improved substantially since the early days of space travel there are some adaptations needed in space. Chris Hadfield shows us his kitchen in space and prepares a simple meal and explains why astronauts don't eat bread in space!


Estimated to have been a 9 tonnes in size a meteorite streaked across the sky over the Ural mountains in Russia and exploded at 30 to 50 kilometres above ground. The supersonic reentry and debris injured an estimated 1100 people according to reports in Russia. Part of the meteor crashed into a frozen lake. An estimated 3000 buildings were damaged in the city of Chelyabinsk including the roof collapsing at a zinc factory.


What happens when you get Chris Hadfield, the Wexford Gleeks Choir, Ed Robertson and the Barenaked Ladies together? An inspirational song titled I.S.S. (Is Somebody Singing), pun intended.


During a Canadian Space Agency Tweetup participants were able to take part in a call to the International Space Station where they asked questions of Chris Hadfield. Also chatting with Hadfield was Canadian-born actor William Shatner, the original Captain Kirk on the Star Trek television series.

CSA Astronaut Chris Hadfield stores biological samples in the MELFI freezer of the International Space Station (ISS). The samples drawn from the crew of the ISS will be analyzed on the ground to better understand how living in space affects the human body.


This Thursday, during a scheduled Tweetup at the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) Headquarters in St Hubert, Quebec, two space commanders will have a chat over the phone.