Canada: 50 Years in Space

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Canada: 50 Years in Space Exhibit

2012 marks Canada's 50th year in space. It was September 29th, 1962 that Canada became the third country in the world to develop its own satellite and see it launched. In the 50 years since Canada has become a major contributor in space. Several events will highlight this anniversary. The first to is an exhibit which just opened at Canada's Embassy in Washington.

The exhibit is sponsored by the Canadian government, the Canadian Air & Space Museum in Toronto, Telesat and MDA. The free exhibit is open to the public Monday to Friday, 9-5, through September 26. Below is a slideshow of some of the images from the exhibit.

The Canada Aviation and Space Museum in Ottawa will also host an event on September 29th to commemorate the anniversary. It will be sponsored in part by the Canadian Space Society and will also host the finals for the Canadian Satellite Design Competition. Details of this event are still being worked on and we'll provide an update as soon as we get more information.

We would also like to hear from you, our audience. Do you have any memories over the years of Canada's space efforts? Do you have pictures you would like to share with everyone? We'll post them to our Flickr account and some might make it into our special September edition of Space Quarterly magazine. Send your stories and pictures to webadmin@spaceref.com.