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Chapter 1

That's $600 a litre in space paint


From: Canadarm and Collaboration


This chapter explores the history of Canada’s role in space exploration. Topics include Alouette I and II – the first Canadian Satellites, the Canadarm, and the role played by former Avro Canada engineers in the American Space Program.



Elizabeth Howell

Elizabeth Howell, PhD, is a Canadian journalist focusing on space exploration. Her clients include CBC, SpaceQ, and She has seen rocket launches in the United States and Kazakhstan, lived on a simulated Mars base, and interviewed dozens of astronauts. She is the author of The Science of Time Travel and The Search for Life on Mars. She teaches technical writing at Algonquin College and does consulting work for numerous institutions. She lives in Ottawa, Ontario.