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Toronto, Oct 14 (Canadian-Media): In celebration of World Space Week (WSW) Ontario Science Centre presented an interactive session yesterday between school children and adults with the Aerospace Team from University of Toronto as well as from Royal Astronomic Society of Canada (RASC) from 6:30 pm to 10:30 pm, media reports said.
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WSW, an international celebration of science and technology for their contribution to the betterment of the human condition, was declared by the United Nations General Assembly in 1999 to be held each year from October 4-10.
The theme of WSW 2018 is “Space Unites the World.”
WSW was observed in commemoration of two events: Launch of the first human-made Earth satellite, Sputnik 1 on Oct 4, 1957 and signing of the Treaty on Principles Governing the Activities of States in the Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, including the Moon and Other Celestial Bodies on October 10, 1967.
WSW consists of space education and outreach events held by space agencies, aerospace companies, schools, planetaria, museums, and astronomy clubs around the world synchronizing space events which attract greater public and media attention.
School students and the public in the cold night were gathered on the outdoor staircases in front of Aerospace Team from University of Toronto and RASC during the stargazing events last night with this year's theme being “Space Unites The World.”
Many questions were asked by the award-winning design team of university students that designs and builds drones, satellites and, of course, rockets.
Questions and answers sessions were held on the constituents of rockets, the drones and about the programming involved in the making of the rocket aircrafts parts, aout the new policies and procedures of the aerospace system etc
They talked about space system, about building satellites for research and education, for Microbiology studies and added their intention was to launch the next satellite into space between Nov 2019 and Jan 2020 with the funding help from the the University of Toronto. They continued to state that they had finished the designing part of the satellite system which would be tested to see if the designs actually work.
Natalie Panek from RASC was also present to give a brief introduction of their work and updated the audience about their questions and concerns.
WSW is coordinated by the United Nations with the support of the WSW Association (WSWA), an international non-government, non-profit organization incorporated in the United States in 1982 and leads a global team of National Coordinators, who promote the celebration of World Space Week within their own countries with the goals to provide unique leverage in space outreach and education, for economical development, to promote science, technology, engineering, and math among the children and youth and to foster international cooperation in space outreach and education.
Some highlights of this celebration of space in some 80 nations include: Video wishing “Happy World Space Week” in different languages from around the world, Special advance screenings of National Geographic’s Mars2 in the United States just for World Space Week, Ladies Do Launch, a series of panel interviews in front of live audiences, with women in the space industry, will be held in various cities in the United States, IMAX will be releasing a series of mini space documentaries and short interviews with astronauts during every day of WSW 2018.
WSW 2018 has broken records with an estimated 4,000+ events held globally October 4-10. A total of 4,413 World Space Week 2018 events were reported in 93 countries over 3,000 organizations.
“These are all new records, and the numbers are expected to grow as reports continue to come in,” said Maruška Strah, the Association’s Executive Director.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
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Toronto, Oct 4 (Canadian-Media): The IMAX film Journey to Space, written, produced and directed by Mark Krenzien, screened yesterday in Ontario Science Centre's IMAX theatre, showcased the exciting plans of National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)'s Orion's transition from the end of the Space Shuttle Era to the future of how we live and operate in space as a species.
Mark Krenzien. Image credit: planetary.org
The names of the new machines which would be responsible for carrying out these missions are: Orion, NASA’s first spacecraft designed to carry humans on long-duration deep space exploration missions throughout the solar system; Olympus, an inflatable transportation habitat that would provide astronauts the work area and living space for long duration missions; the Space Launch System (SLS), a new giant rocket, generating over nine million pounds of thrust with hardware equivalent to the weight of 22 elephants, to carry spacecraft and astronauts on the surface of Mars.
"The film captures the spirit of human exploration that is at the core of our DNA," said Maurice Bitran, PhD, CEO, and Chief Science officer, Ontario Science Centre and added that "Ontario Science Centre has always been a hub for astrophysics, outer space and space exploration."
Images credit: www.journeytospacefilm.com
For 60 years challenges faced by thousands of people working around the world and in space to carry out missions of landing astronauts on Mars and capturing asteroids.
The story of film is told in three parts. The first part is the historical chapter, through its visually stunning imagery of space footage of views of Earth and operations in space, giving a fitting tribute to the Shuttle Program and the 355 astronauts who flew on the 135 Shuttle missions describing many of the big steps taken by the shuttle and the lessons learned.
The second part is devoted to the launching of Shuttle and how it assembled the International Space Station (ISS) -- a joint collaboration of 15 nationsand operating 24/7 to provide a home and a science lab in space -- teaching to build and conduct science in space and build a foundation for the future leaps into space.
In the final part of the film, emphasis is laid on realistic scenario of how astronauts will actually get to Mars, and how they would survive in space.
As an environmental activist and with his outdoor enthusiasm, Krenzien had filmed in various challenging locations from war-torn Iraq and earthquake-ravaged Haiti and a giant NASA clean room etc.
Besides Journey to Space, Krenzien had received IMAX credits in: Aircraft Carrier (2016), Humpback Whales (2015), Journey to the South Pacific (2013), Arabia (2011) and many more.
With its magic of sight and sound technologies, Journey to Space, presented on a Giant Film Screen, challenges the imagination of children and adults and is a great source of inspiration to children and young adults to look forward to a career in astronomy.
Krenzien's personal experiences and challenges faced in the present film, Journey to Space, would be discussed in a separate story.
Ontario Science Centre, designed by celebrated Toronto architect Raymond Moriyama, officially opened in 1969 and is one the worlds' first interactive science museum. A home to technology and innovation, the Science Centre dedicated to community outreach, is not only a museum but an extended classroom. The Centre draws Grade 12 students from across Ontario to spend a full semester to learn hands-on science experience in the fields of technology and science communications.