Canadian Space Agency Lobby
With Canada's commitment to the International Space Station currently expiring in 2020, the Canadian Space Agency is starting to look at more options for space exploration. Rovers, and robotic technology following on from the famed Canadarm, are some of the ideas.
This behind-the-scenes tour of the agency in Longueuil, Que. (near Montreal) took place June 6 as part of the annual Canadian Science Writers' Association conference.
In this photo, the lobby of the Canadian Space Agency emphasizes international collaboration as well as art that looks a lot like planetary orbits.
Eyeing Artemis Jr.
Alain Ouelett, the CSA's acting director of space exploration development, explains the features of the Artemis Jr. Lunar rover prototype.
Canadian Space Experiment Communications
Researchers will sometimes communicate directly with NASA and the International Space Station in this room while performing experiments, says Ken Lord, the CSA's manager of exploration and ground infrastructure.
Testing the Juno Rover
In the CSA's "Mars Yard", the Juno lunar rover prototype performs donuts and driving under the control of Simon Rocheleau, a member of the CSA's robotics and engineering group.
Robotics Research Together
The design of CSA's robotic operations mission centre is supposed to encourage researchers to congregate in groups.
Decorative Mission Patches
Patches for Canadian space experiments and instruments are included on this array of stickers on a locker in the CSA.
Robotics On Display
An engineering model of the robotic Canadarm sits in the CSA's "high bay" of equipment behind Mario Ciaramicoli, the agency's operations manager.
Astronaut Robotics Training
All astronauts do preliminary space training for robotics in this room in the CSA. On the "wall" of this model of the U.S. Destiny station module (right) is a robotics workstation similar to what is found on the International Space Station. At left is a table with a small station model.
Canadian Robotics Mission Control
Workers perform maintenance on a mission control room at the CSA normally used during robotics work on the International Space Station.
Mini models of astronaut Chris Hadfield, the commander of just-completed Expedition 35, in a CSA office.
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Elizabeth Howell (she/her), Ph.D., is a staff writer in the spaceflight channel since 2022 covering diversity, education and gaming as well. She was contributing writer for Space.com for 10 years before joining full-time. Elizabeth's reporting includes multiple exclusives with the White House and Office of the Vice-President of the United States, an exclusive conversation with aspiring space tourist (and NSYNC bassist) Lance Bass, speaking several times with the International Space Station, witnessing five human spaceflight launches on two continents, flying parabolic, working inside a spacesuit, and participating in a simulated Mars mission. Her latest book, "Why Am I Taller?", is co-written with astronaut Dave Williams. Elizabeth holds a Ph.D. and M.Sc. in Space Studies from the University of North Dakota, a Bachelor of Journalism from Canada's Carleton University and a Bachelor of History from Canada's Athabasca University. Elizabeth is also a post-secondary instructor in communications and science at several institutions since 2015; her experience includes developing and teaching an astronomy course at Canada's Algonquin College (with Indigenous content as well) to more than 1,000 students since 2020. Elizabeth first got interested in space after watching the movie Apollo 13 in 1996, and still wants to be an astronaut someday. Mastodon: https://qoto.org/@howellspace