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    Good morning Vancouver! This photo was taken from the International Space Station by NASA astronaut Tim Kopra.
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    Beautiful photograph of a Russian volcano taken from the ISS by ESA astronaut Tim Peake. “Spotted a volcano smoking away on Russia’s far east coast this morning – heat has melted snow around top.” Credit: ESA/NASA
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    Happy birthday Hubble! The Hubble Space Telescope turns 26 today and to celebrate the anniversary, NASA released this beautiful video of the Bubble Nebula. Learn more: http://ow.ly/4mZPQb. Credits: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA), F. Summers, G. Bacon, Z. Levay, and L. Frattare (Viz 3D Team, STScI)
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    Tomorrow, ESA - European Space Agency astronaut Tim Peake will run the 2016 London Marathon on the International Space Station using the on-board treadmill. At the same time, on Earth, Team Astronaut (a group from ESA and the UK Space Agency) will also be running the London Marathon. One of them will try to establish a new world record for “fastest marathon by a man wearing a replica spacesuit”! Good luck to Tim Peake and Team Astronaut! Photo: ESA
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    Happy Earth Day! Let’s work together to take care of our one and only home planet. Credit: NASA
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    Watch the evolution of the “ozone hole” over 15 years! On Earth Day, here’s an example of how we monitor the state of our planet and the atmosphere from space! Weekly measurements captured by Canada’s OSIRIS instrument since 2001 between about September and March show that the “ozone hole” continues to appear every year over the South Pole, but it is no longer getting bigger. Learn more: http://asc-csa.gc.ca/eng/satellites/odin.asp.
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    To highlight Earth Day, a compilation of 20 years of satellite radar imagery collected by multiple organizations and space agencies is now available online.
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    The city of Winnipeg, Manitoba, seen from space by NASA astronaut Tim Kopra. “Goodnight Winnipeg from the Space Station. One of the friendliest cities ever.” Credit: Tim Kopra / NASA
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    Heads up! The Lyrid meteor shower peaks tomorrow night! The Lyrids will get some competition from the full moon, but if you look to the east before dawn on April 23, you might see some meteors! Photo: NASA/JSC/Don Pettit
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    Fantala: the most powerful cyclone ever recorded in the Indian Ocean Cyclone Fantala passed over Farquhar Atoll in the Seychelles on April 17, causing severe damage. It is the most powerful cyclone ever recorded in the Indian Ocean, hovering between categories 4 and 5 from April 15 to 18. As part of its participation in the International Charter “Space and Major Disasters,” the Canadian Space Agency is providing RADARSAT-2 satellite imagery to mitigate the effects of this natural disaster. More info: http://ow.ly/4mU6Qm. Photo: Jeff Schmaltz, LANCE/EOSDIS Rapid Response
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    The Canadian Space Agency is part of the Science Odyssey! Take a look at the activities that will take place across Canada from May 6 to 15, and “like” the Science Odyssey Facebook page in order to receive updates! More info: http://ow.ly/4mRKB6.
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    Happy launchiversary Canadarm2! 15 years and counting!
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    Breathtaking! "No matter how long you’re here, the grandeur strikes and the wonder never fades." Credit: NASA/ NASA Astronaut Jeff Williams
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    Great photograph of Canada from the ISS by ESA astronaut Tim Peake. "First time I’ve seen Newfoundland free of cloud…spring has sprung!" Credit: ESA/NASA
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    Follow CSA astronaut David Saint-Jacques’ brand new Facebook page for videos, updates on his training, and much more!
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    Canadarm2 Attaches the First Expandable Module to the ISS During the night of April 15-16, Canadarm2 will remove the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) from Dragon’s trunk and install it on the International Space Station. Operations will begin around 11:10 p.m. ET (8:10 p.m. PT) and continue until mid-morning on April 16. Watch live online: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/9408562
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    Today is World Art Day. The Earth seen from space sometimes looks like a true work of art!
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    CSA astronaut Jeremy R. Hansen is now on Facebook! Follow him to find out all about his life as an astronaut.
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    Did you know that during a six-month space mission, an astronaut’s cardiovascular system can age by up to 10 or 20 years? ESA - European Space Agency astronaut Tim Peake will take part in the Canadian experiment Vascular Echo aboard the International Space Station that will examine changes in heart and blood vessels of astronauts in space. Learn more: http://www.asc-csa.gc.ca/eng/sciences/vascular-echo.asp
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    Taking Earth observation to the next level UrtheCast, a Vancouver-based company, is currently working on a 16-satellite OptiSAR™ constellation that will provide cloud-free imaging and improved identification of ground targets. Thanks to the CSA’s Space Technology Development Program, UrtheCast will advance the state-of-the-art technology required for their satellite constellation. More info: http://ow.ly/10CBt0.
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    It's the International Day of Human Space Flight 55 years ago, on April 12, 1961, Yuri Gagarin became the first human to travel into space when he launched into orbit on Vostok 1. This historic event opened the way for space exploration. Photo: ESA/ADR
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    ESA astronaut Tim Peake captured this rare picture of Antarctica from the International Space Station (ISS) on March 29. The inclined orbit of the ISS usually limits the view of Earth to the area between latitudes 52° N and 52° S, but when weather and viewing conditions are ideal, an elusive snapshot like this one becomes possible. Credit: ESA/NASA
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    Cosmic catch complete! Astronauts Tim Peake and Jeff Williams used Canadarm2 to catch Dragon at 7:23 a.m. EDT (4:23 a.m. PDT). Bravo to the crew and the ground teams supporting them at NASA's Johnson Space Center and at the CSA headquarters in Saint-Hubert, Quebec! Photo: NASA
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    Canadarm2 will catch the SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft tomorrow morning to dock it to the ISS! Watch the cosmic catch live on NASA TV (nasa.gov/nasatv) starting at 5:30 a.m. EDT (2:30 a.m. PDT).
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    Flooding in Argentina – The CSA delivers satellite imagery A week of heavy rain has caused flooding in four provinces of Argentina, affecting thousands of people. It is believed that the weather is the result of the El Niño effect, and months’ worth of rain fell in a matter of days. As part of its participation in the International Charter “Space and Major Disasters,” the Canadian Space Agency has provided RADARSAT-2 satellite imagery to mitigate the effects of this natural disaster. More info: https://www.disasterscharter.org/web/guest/activations/-/article/flood-in-argenti-4. Photo: Municipalidad de La Paz
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    Landing of Falcon 9 first stage on SpaceX droneship in the Atlantic after propelling the Dragon spacecraft to the International Space Station.
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    Students from University of Toronto Schools (UTS) will launch an experiment to the International Space Station! As part of the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program, they will send nematodes into microgravity to enhance our understanding of the mechanisms behind muscle atrophy, which often occurs as a result of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a stroke, or cancer. For more information, visit UTSoniss Students creating Microgravity Space Experiments.
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    Canadarm2 will attach the first expandable module to the ISS! The Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) will be launched to the ISS aboard a SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft this afternoon. Once it is attached to the ISS by Canadarm2, BEAM will expand in volume, enabling crew members to enter it to conduct periodic testing during a two-year period. If successful, this expandable technology could increase habitable area and lower costs for future space exploration missions. Watch the launch live starting at 3:30 p.m. EDT: http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/. Learn more about BEAM: http://www.nasa.gov/feature/beam-facts-figures-faqs.
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    CSA astronaut Jeremy Hansen is live at the Royal Ontario Museum!
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    A first for Canada: students to conduct real space mission operations from their school!
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    Voyage to Mars with CSA astronaut Jeremy Hansen! Today, students from the Ontario Science Centre School simulated a mission to Mars with CSA astronaut Jeremy Hansen. This immersive science experience promotes STEM learning (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and highlights the value of teamwork and critical thinking. What a great way to explore the challenges of working in space! For more information: http://ow.ly/10mbD5
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    Space Mining Technology for Space Exploration Thanks to the CSA’s Space Technology Development Program, Deltion Innovations Ltd. will advance the design of a specialized drilling system and tool holster that could be integrated into a rover-mounted robotic arm. This innovation would allow various samples to be extracted from Lunar or Martian surfaces and would be able to attach and remove screws and bolts on robotic instruments as well as perform maintenance and repair tasks. For more info: http://www.deltion.ca/ Photo: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS
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    How do astronauts develop a shared culture during long-duration missions? Yesterday, the crew on board the International Space Station conducted the first space session of the Canadian science experiment, At Home in Space. Find out who will benefit most from this science on Earth.
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    An amazing photograph taken by ESA astronaut Tim Peake aboard the ISS. “We see 16 sunrises every day - but I've never seen one as beautiful as this. Good morning Earth!” Credit: ESA / Tim Peake
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    Savoir-faire Linux will create an enhanced tool that would be used to perform activities such as robotic deployments and satellite operations.
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    A record low sea ice maximum This motion graphic shows the Arctic sea ice freeze cycle from the last summertime minimum extent to March 24, when it reached its wintertime maximum extent at 14.52 million square kilometres—the lowest winter maximum ever recorded. There is a significant downward trend related to the warming atmosphere and oceans. Since 1979, 1,605,792 square kilometres of winter sea ice cover have disappeared, an area equivalent to Alberta and British Columbia combined! For more information: http://ow.ly/10c4uD. Credits: NASA Goddard's Scientific Visualization Studio/C. Starr
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    Canadarm2 over the Andes Mountains photographed by NASA Astronaut Jeff Williams. Credit: NASA / Jeff Williams
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    ESA astronaut Tim Peake explains how the Canadian experiment TBone will study the effects of microgravity on bone health to benefit astronauts and people on Earth. Pre-flight sessions of TBone have been conducted at the NASA Johnson Space Center on March 30 and 31, 2016.
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    New images of Mars show evidence of liquid water on the red planet!

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