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Canada in Space: The People & Stories behind Canada’s Role in the Exploration of Space

Canada in Space: The People & Stories behind Canada's Role in the Exploration of Space    
Format Softcover
Catalogue No. 978-1-894864-59-6
Pages 264
Language English only
Price $18.95
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Written by Chris Gainor.
Published by Folklore Publishing, 2006.


Canada as a nation was built by explorers, aboriginals and hardy pioneers, so it is no surprise that Canadians lead the way among those who explore the frontiers of space. Canada in Space is a tribute to our country’s remarkable contributions to space research and discovery:
  • The development of the Canadarm and Canadarm2, essential tools for the space shuttle program
  • The Alouette I ionospheric research satellite, the first satellite ever built outside of the US and USSR to make it into orbit
  • James Chamberlin and Owen Maynard, who went from the collapse of Avro to engineering key components for NASA’s Mercury, Gemini, Apollo and shuttle programs
  • The birth of Canada’s commercial satellite industry with the Canadian launch of the world’s first communications satellite
  • Robotic technology developed in Canada that helped the shuttle program return to flight in 2005
  • Dr. Gerry Bull, the Canadian defence scientist who spearheaded the High Altitude Research Project which studied the use of cannons to launch satellites in the 1960s
  • Ionospheric research by Canadian scientists to help improve radio communications in the far north
  • Julie Payette and Chris Hadfield’s part in the construction and research work on the International Space Station
  • Marc Garneau, the head of Canada’s space program, who is setting his sights on Canadian technology and a mission to Mars
  • and much more.
About the author: Chris Gainor is a historian and writer specializing in the history of technology, especially space exploration. He has written numerous books and articles on space technology and exploration including Who Killed the Avro Arrow?

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