To Orbit! The next Canadian astronaut

DSJ's mission patch for Ex58

Ryan Marciniak, Physics and Astronomy editor If you haven’t heard of Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques, it’s because today is his first day on the job, at least when it comes to living and working in space. Cramming into a Soyuz capsule on a launchpad in Kazakhstan, Saint-Jacques is taking his first flight to the International Space […]

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Could space travel hold the key to saving the earth?

Photo Earthrise by Apollo 8 astronauts

 Sonya Neilson, Physics and Astronomy Co-editor In 1968, NASA’s Apollo 8 mission became the first manned spacecraft to orbit the moon. Lunar module pilot William Anders was watching the grey moonscape drift past when suddenly a sliver of blue light appeared on the horizon. That sliver of blue rose above the cratered surface and resolved […]

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The Martian: Putting the Science in Science Fiction

The Martian book

by Sri Ray-Chauduri Technology & Engineering subject editor There’s a good chance you’ve heard about the upcoming Hollywood blockbuster The Martian. But before you assume it’s just another high-profile science fiction story set in a distant future of intergalactic wars and alien species, consider this: prior its world premier at this year’s Toronto International Film […]

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