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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New Astronauts for An Evolving Space Program

By Stephanne Taylor, Physics and Astronomy coeditor The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) is in the process of selecting its fourth class of Canadian astronauts from over 3700 applicants from across the country. Canada has been on the leading edge of aerospace engineering for decades, and Canadian astronauts and technology have played critical roles in international […]

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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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Spacesuits: Helping Us Float into the Great Beyond

Space Stamp

by Sri Ray-Chauduri Technology and Engineering subject editor With the recent safe return of another crew of astronauts from the International Space Station (ISS), what better time to consider the spacesuit: a marvel of engineering that has allowed such otherworldly pursuits. It was 50 years ago on March 18, 1965, that Soviet cosmonaut Alexey Leonov […]

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