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The organization responsible for the Canadian space programme. The CSA has contributed instruments and payloads for many space missions. Its high-flux telescope on Ulysses (launched in 1990) was the first Canadian instrument flown in deep space. Its robot arm, Canadarm, is a crucial part of the International Space Station (ISS). RADARSAT 1, launched in November 1995, was the first Canadian Earth-observation satellite. The CSA implemented a new Canadian space programme in 1999 for ‘space knowledge, applications, and industry development.’ By 2004, eight Canadian astronauts had flown in space and six were eligible for future flights. The agency is scheduled to send one astronaut to the ISS every three years for a period of three months each.

Canada became the third nation to have a satellite in space with Alouette 1 in September 1962, and selected its first six astronauts in 1983. The CSA was established in March 1989 from the Space Division of the National Research Council Canada and other federal departments. It is located in the John H Chapman Space Centre at Saint-Hubert, Quebec.

http://www.space.gc.ca/home/index.asp Impressive site presenting Canada's space programme. There are details of the CSA's RADARSAT series, space technology research, and Canada's contribution to the International Space Station. Among the many resources are a news archive, image gallery, and activities for younger students.

Subjects: Astronomy and Astrophysics.

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