Canada’s first physical link to space began with the launch of Alouette-1 in 1962. In the fifty-four years since that launch, space has become an invisible but vital part of our national infrastructure which has impactedall Canadians’ day-to-day lives. From the way we communicate around the globe, to how we process our financial transactions and monitor our natural resources and critical infrastructure - all have been impacted by the innovations of Canadian scientists, engineers, and entrepreneurs.
The 2016 Canadian Space Society (CSS) Annual Summit will be held in Winnipeg, Manitoba at the Inn at the Forks from November 14-15th, 2016. The Summit is one of Canada’s leading conferences devoted to space science, policy, research and technology. It brings together space professionals from industry, academia, government, military and enthusiasts from all walks of life. The CSS Summit is the place to learn about the latest trends, technologies and political issues taking place in the space industry.
With technical sessions on everything from astronomy to space applications, life sciences to law and policy, the CSS Summit touches upon every facet affecting Canada’s space capabilities and potential.
The theme for this year’s summit is “At the Centre of it All” since Winnipeg is geographically situated in the centre of Canada and has a thriving aerospace industry. Manitoba is home to Canada’s third largest aerospace industry. Some of these companies include Magellan Aerospace (Official Summit Sponsor), GE Aerospace, and Boeing, just to name a few.
Call for Proposals
The Canadian Space Society is announcing the Call for Papers for the Annual Summit and welcomes presentations under the CSS' nine thematic sessions . We will also be accepting proposals for activities as an opportunity to enhance the Summit program. Consideration will be given for both general topics and technical papers as this year’s Summit will be running concurrent sessions for both space experts and for those who are interested in learning and discussing space and how it relates to their interests and disciplines.
To submit an Abstract, click on the following link:
The Canadian Space Society will be accepting abstracts and activity proposals until June 30th, 2016. Papers will be peer-reviewed and selected by a Program Committee, and authors will be notified by July 31st, 2016. Accepted abstracts and proposals will qualify for a special conference rate.
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2016 Canadian Space Society Summit
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NASA continues to search space for rocky planets orbiting nearby stars with the Kepler Space Telescope. Two such planets found by Kepler orbit the star TRAPPIST-1, a brown-dwarf 40 light-years from Earth, lie just outside the ideal "Goldilocks Zone" where water can exist in liquid for on the planet’s surface. This Goldilocks Zone is much closer to TRAPPIST-1 since brown dwarf are much cooler than main sequence stars, because they have used up most of their fuel. In fact this planetary system is more similar to Jupiter and its moons. These planets have been found to similar sizes and surface temperatures to Earth and Venus. Although, the planets are not in the Goldilocks Zone, there may be places and environments where life could exist. Two planets transited TRAPPIST-1 on May 4, an event which only happens once every two years, and allowed astronomers to use the Hubble Space Telescope to observe to the atmospheres of the planets in search of water vapour by analysing the spectra given off. No details on this observation have been released as of yet.
Image: NASA, artist depiction of the TRAPPIST-1 system, from NASA article (see Read more here).
On Earth we are familiar with the Water Cycle, a process which defines all life here. But what if there was a similar cycle for other liquids - like methane perhaps? We may be a step closer to finding out. ESA has confirmed that the Cassini has found oceans and lakes of pure methane on its surface. Scientists had previously thought that sunlight would break down the methane, making for bodies of a mix of hydrocarbons, but this does not seem to be the case. Radar scans have mapped the northern hemisphere, which is dotted with these bodies of methane and seems to suggests at a complexe liquid system with methane wetlands, methane sludge ocean beds, a Methane Cycle, and even a climate influenced by this cycle on Titan. The Methane Cycle in particular allows for organic compounds to disolve. All these could result in an environment that is able to create life, but like as we cannot image; based on and composed of methane rather than water. One thing is for sure, there is a lot more going on on Titan than its simple appearance would have you believe.
Life on Mars isn't so far away!
You probably know that NASA is aiming to send human explorers to new destinations, such as Mars, in the next few decades. But what needs to be done for this project?
Join us for a public lecture by Dr. Pablo de León, Associate Professor at the University of Dakota, to learn about NASA's Journey to Mars. The lecture will take place on April 30th, 2016 at 7pm, at the University of Manitoba Fort Garry Campus with free admission.
WISE Kid-Netic Energy is bringing back the Space Adventure Camp!
This exciting event, designed for Grades 9-11 students, will be running July 11-15, 2016 at the University of Manitoba, Fort Garry Campus, in the Engineering Information Technology Complex (EITC).
During the program, students will be participating a week of camp activities, receive morning and afternoon snacks and access to an online course about space, developed by the Canadian Forces.
Activities will include: Space Physics and Rocket Theory, Build Tiny Robots, Satellite Communications, Geo-caching with GPS, Remote Sensing, Picosatellites and Nanotechnology, High Attitude Baloon Launch, and Model Rocket Building and Launch.
Register online at www.wisekidneticenergy.ca/space-camp/ or call (204)474-9340 before June 30th to receive an early-bird rate of $125, regular registration (after June 30th) fee is $175. Bursaries available for those in need.