A galaxy full of stars Culture

An out-of-this-world composition

Composer Sophie Kastner, MMus’22, recently took part in a unique collaboration with NASA, creating a vivid piece of music about the Milky Way based on data about the galaxy that has been gleaned by the Chandra, Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes.

An illustration of the DART spacecraft approaching the asteroid Dimorphos (Image: NASA) People

On the front lines of a historic space test

Earth-threatening asteroids have been the subjects of films like Armageddon and Don’t Look Up. Julie Bellerose, BEng’03, played a major role in a NASA project that proved that menacing asteroids can be knocked off course.

Canadarm3, a highly autonomous robotic system, will be an essential part of the Lunar Gateway space station that will orbit the Moon (Image: Canadian Space Agency) People

At the helm for Canada’s next chapter in space

The next few years will see a surge in space activity, with a new space station (and a new Canadarm) being built, and a lunar mission on the horizon for a Canadian astronaut. As the president of the Canadian Space Agency, Lisa Campbell, BA'88, will be playing an important role.

Peter Ilott hugs a colleague as they celebrate the science rover Curiosity's successful landing on Mars in 2012 (Photo: Brian Van Der Brug/Reuters). Discovery

“Talking” to Perseverance: A Mars veteran’s new mission

Did life exist on Mars about 3.7 billion years ago? Telecom systems engineer Peter Ilott, BSc’80, PhD’88, has been part of four successive NASA rover missions to the red planet.


A blood test for the new space age

The McGill graduates behind Sensoreal created a unique device to test blood that's about the size of a smartphone. Currently being tested on the International Space Station, It could be an ideal technology for keeping tabs on the health of astronauts.


This pioneering Arctic scientist is on NASA’s radar

What do MARS (the McGill Arctic Research Station) and Mars (the red planet) have in common? The Answer: Wayne Pollard. For almost 40 years, Pollard has carried out pioneering work in exploring Arctic waters, from perennial springs to permafrost and ground ice.


To boldly go where few Earth germs have gone before

Astronauts aren’t the only living creatures on the International Space Station. Thanks to a genomic methodology co-developed by McGill’s Emmanuel Gonzalez, we now know that the ISS is also home to a “diverse bacterial ecosystem that we never expected.”


Protecting our heritage sites – in outer space

The Taj Mahal and the Acropolis are both international heritage sites. For All Moonkind’s Michelle Hanlon, LLM’17, wants the same type of protection for historical archaeological sites on the Moon.


Tales from the final frontiers

Growing up in the 1960s, Dave Williams was intrigued by outer – and inner – space. He would watch The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau spellbound, then put on a facemask “and engage in snorkel exploration of the six-inch depths of the bathtub,” Williams writes in his new memoir Defying Limits: Lessons from the Edge […]

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