Exhibitions

The Legacy of the Canadarm

The Legacy of the Canadarm

 


The Canadarm, one of the country’s most famous technological achievements, made its space debut on November 13, 1981. Designed to deploy and retrieve objects in space, the robotic arm marked the beginning of Canada’s role in the Space Shuttle Program and positioned the country as a key partner in the International Space Station.

After nearly 30 years of faithful service in space, the arm completed its operations on July 21, 2011. It travelled 624 million kilometres and logged a total of 944 workdays in space aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour.

Working in close collaboration with NASA, the Canadian Space Agency negotiated the return of Endeavour's Canadarm and created the interactive exhibit displaying the Canadarm, which allows visitors to navigate through the history of the robotic arm, including: its greatest achievements and how its legacy continues to live on today in medical robots used in neurological and pediatric surgery.