Canadarm and Collaboration: How Canada's Astronauts and Space Robots Explore New Worlds (Paperback)

Canadarm and Collaboration: How Canada's Astronauts and Space Robots Explore New Worlds By Elizabeth Howell, David Williams (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Elizabeth Howell, David Williams (Foreword by)
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With interviews from Chris Hadfield and Marc Garneau, the tale of Canada's involvement in international space exploration from the 1960s to the present day

Canada is a small but mighty power in space exploration. After providing the Canadarm robotic arm for the space shuttle in 1981, Canada received an invitation to start an astronaut program -- a program that quickly let its people accumulate skill and prestige. Canadian astronauts have since commanded the International Space Station, flown as co-pilots on spacecraft, and even held senior roles within NASA.

This book traces how Canada grew from small beginnings into a major player in international space policy. You will hear about Canada's space program from the words of its astronauts, from Canadian celebrity Chris Hadfield to Liberal cabinet minister Marc Garneau to Governor General Julie Payette. You will experience the excitement and challenges of reporting on a rocket launch in Kazakhstan, as Canada sent its latest astronaut to space in preparation for possible moon missions in the 2020s. And you will learn from the people who work behind the scenes on Canadian space technology and space policy about why we are doing this -- and what we plan to do next.

About the Author

Elizabeth Howell, PhD, is a staff writer for She has been a space journalist for 20 years and is one of the few Canadian journalists to focus exclusively on space. After working for The Globe and Mail, the Canadian Medical Association Journal, CTV Ottawa and the Ottawa Business Journal, Howell struck out as a full-time freelance space journalist in 2012. Before shifting to full-time work at in 2022, she was a frequent contributor to publications for clients such as CBC, SpaceQ, and She has seen rocket launches in the United States and Kazakhstan, lived on a simulated Mars base, and interviewed many astronauts. She also teaches technical writing and does consulting work from Ottawa, ON.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781770414426
ISBN-10: 1770414428
Publisher: ECW Press
Publication Date: October 20th, 2020
Pages: 240
Language: English