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Astronaut’s Mission Is To Snatch A Dragon Without Crashing The Canadarm

by Elizabeth Howell March 20, 2014

Want to stay on top of all the space news? Follow @universetoday on Twitter When there’s a Dragon spacecraft coming your way at the International Space Station, you’d better be ready to grapple it with a robotic arm. For if there’s a crash, you will face “a very bad day”, as astronaut David Saint-Jacques points […]

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Robots And Astronauts Feature In First Glimpse of Canada’s New Space Policy

by Elizabeth Howell February 7, 2014

About six years ago, the Canadarm — Canada’s iconic robotic arm used in space — was almost sold to a company in the United States, along with other space technology from MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates. The Canadian government blocked the sale and swiftly came out with a promise: a space policy to better support Canada’s industry. […]

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Chris Hadfield Launched Into Space One Year Ago Today

by Elizabeth Howell December 19, 2013

And we have liftoff … for a social media sensation! Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield rocketed into orbit a year ago today (Dec. 19, 2012) accompanied by NASA astronaut Tom Marshburn and Russian cosmonaut  Roman Romanenko. Hadfield was a part of the Expedition 34 crew, then took command of the station during Expedition 35 in early 2013. […]

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‘You Cannot Press Pause While You’re Flying A Jet’: Why Planes Help Astronauts Prepare For Space

by Elizabeth Howell December 18, 2013

In between these sweet, sweet video shots of jets in the video above, you’ll find some wisdom about why it’s so important that astronauts climb into these planes for training. Turns out that flying has a lot to do with preparing for very quick-changing situations in spaceflight — whether it’s in a cockpit or in […]

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This Rover Could Hunt For Lunar Water And Oxygen In 2018

by Elizabeth Howell November 28, 2013

In 2018, NASA plans to go prospecting at the moon’s south pole with a rover — possibly, a version of the Canadian one in the picture above. The idea is to look for water and similar substances on the lunar surface, with an eye to learn more about living off the land, so to speak. […]

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