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Letter to a Commander

Published on May 12, 2013 By SpaceKate

In just less than 30 minutes time Colonel Chris Hadfield will handover the reins of the ISS to Russian Cosmonaut Pavel Vinogradov. In honour of his time as the first Canadian ISS Commander, I wrote a few lines. In about 24 hours time Chris will be leaving the space station and heading home in a trusty […]

Soyuz to Station in record time – it’s ISS Expedition 35

Published on March 29, 2013 By SpaceKate

TMA-08M took the latest ISS crew members up to the space station in record time. Usually it takes a couple of days before the small cramped Soyuz capsule is able to dock with the International Space Station. 28th March 2013 saw the launch of Expedition 35 from Baikonur, which was able to dock with the […]

A day for travelling

Published on December 19, 2012 By SpaceKate

I didn’t sleep too well last night, partly nerves about getting everything done in time, partly excitement at the idea of seeing granny today. Also, I had a quiet, but quite intense moment thinking about my friend Chris. Sorry, I mean, commander Chris Hadfield, Canadian astronaut and all round talented guy. He’s also going on […]

How the Canadian Space Agency punches above its weight – advice for other small space-faring nations

Published on June 13, 2012 By SpaceKate

In comparison to NASA’s (approximately) $18 billion budget, the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) budget of $300 million looks like small change. Despite this, Canada has a presence in all of the major space disciplines and is a highly regarded international player. In a world where “No bucks, means no Buck Rogers” (so said Gus Grissom), […]