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International, Science and Technology

Hundreds respond to iceberg ID contest

People from all over the world have joined a competition to find a better way to identify icebergs floating south from the Arctic. Satellite images and radar show blobs on the ocean but they must be analysed to determine whether» 

Economy, International, Science and Technology

Update:Canada chosen for new spaceport

It’s official Canada has been chosen for development of a new spaceport. An official press release today states, “Maritime Launch Services (MLS) Ltd., established in Halifax, is pleased to announce it has committed to a launch site location following a» 

Environment, History, International, Military, Politics, Science and Technology

Canada History: Jan 24, 1978 Soviet radiation across the Arctic

On September 18, 1977, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (CCCP) launched a reconnaissance satellite dubbed Cosmos-954. In Russian it was a “Controlled Active Satellite” while the Americans knew it as a “RORSAT”- radar ocean reconnaissance satellite.  Its purpose was» 

History, International, Science and Technology

History: Sept. 29, 1962 – Canada third country in space

It began as an ambitious project in the late 1950’s. It ended up pushing Canada into the top ranks of space technology. In the early morning of September 29, 1962, a rocket blasted off from from the US Vandenberg Air» 

Environment, Science and Technology

Climate change does ‘weird things’ to Canada’s Arctic glaciers: expert

Scientists studying how climate change affects Arctic glaciers are increasingly seeing some “weird things happening,” says a Canadian researcher. University of Calgary geography professor Brian Moorman who studies glaciers in the Canadian territory of Nunavut says in the past few» 

Environment, Science and Technology

National Snow and Ice Data Center loses ‘eye in the sky’

Just as the Arctic experiences one of the most unusual weather patterns in history, a satellite malfunction has forced the U.S.-based National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) to suspend its daily sea ice extent updates until further notice. One» 

History, International

History: Canada’s satellite lead April 20, 1973

In the 1970’s Canada set up the world’s first geostationary (geosynchronous) non-military domestic communications satellites. On November 9, 1972, Anik-A-I was sent into orbit and on this date April 20, 1973, the 600kg Anik-A-II was sent aloft to join it.» 

International, Science and Technology

Distant mission to Ceres- dwarf planet

It’s what is known as a dwarf planet, just under 1000-kilometres in diameter orbiting out in the darkness of space out beyond Mars. It’s called Ceres. “Dawn” is NASA’s probe to Ceres, on an archaeological mission of sorts.  It seeks» 

International, Science and Technology

Canadian scientists and satellite telescope confirm a ” super-Earth”

Canadian researchers have confirmed the existence of an exoplanet, a planet outside our own Solar System, that might be a “waterworld”. Jaymie Matthews, PhD,  is a Professor of astronomy and astrophysics at the University of British Columbia, the Mission Scientist in charge of»