The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) is pleased to confirm the dates for the next Canadian Space Exploration Workshop (CSEW 2016): November 24-25, 2016. The Workshop will take place in downtown Montreal; however, the final venue has still not been confirmed. We are very hopeful that you will be able to attend and request that you save the dates in your calendars.
The theme of the workshop is “Canadian Space Exploration: Science and Space Health Priorities for 2025 and Beyond”. CSEW 2016 will provide the opportunity for you, our stakeholder community, to directly engage in the process of renewing the CSA’s space exploration science and space health priorities as described in the final report produced following the 6th Canadian Space Exploration Workshop (CSEW6).
The 7th annual Planetary Science Short Course will run August 29 to September 4 2016. Topics to be covered include origin of the solar system and planet formation; planetary interiors; planetary surfaces; astromaterials, planetary atmospheres; astrobiology, and exoplanets. Details on the course can be found here.
Image: NASA, artist depiction of the TRAPPIST-1 system, from NASA article.
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.