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June 2, 2015

Canada Aviation and Space Museum Launches Exhibition — Life in Orbit: The International Space Station

OTTAWA, June 2, 2015 — Have you ever imagined yourself in an astronaut’s Space shoes, on board the International Space Station (ISS)? Have you ever dreamed of being an astronaut, or tried to imagine how different your daily life would be if you had to do your job in Space, where there’s almost no gravity?

Visitors to the Canada Aviation and Space Museum now have the opportunity to compare imagination to reality by visiting Life in Orbit: The International Space Station, a 2,200 ft2 exhibition.

Developed by the Museum, for the Canadian Space Agency, the exhibition features many hands-on learning opportunities. Visitors will enter through an ISS entry hatch, and view the Earth through the panoramic windows of the Cupola. They will get to work wearing pressurized spacewalk gloves, and manipulate the Canadarm2 through a training simulator.

The various tasks of daily living and working are done quite differently in Space than on Earth. The almost complete absence of gravity inside the ISS results in many changes to the way basic, everyday needs are met, whether it’s eating or answering nature’s call. Visitors discover the difference microgravity makes, and much more, through this exciting exhibition.

“When Commander Chris Hadfield became the first Canadian to take command of the ISS, he made an entire nation thirsty to find out more about the life and science that take place in orbit,” said the Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation CEO Alex Benay. “Those who were addicted to his tweets and live-from-Space science demonstrations won’t want to miss this opportunity to learn much more about the ISS.”

The work of our organization is made possible in part through financial support of the Government of Canada.

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Christina Lucas
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613-993-4243
613-404-5101

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