Canada in space
Canadarm 2, a large manipulator arm attached to the International Space Station.
Canada has a long and rich history of involvement in spaceflight stretching back to 28 September 1962, when the nation became only the third to have a satellite, Alouette 1, launched that it had designed and built itself. Canadian engineers have played an important role in the US manned space program, from the early days of Project Mercury, and Canadian astronauts have flown numerous times aboard the Space Shuttle and International Space Station. Most recently, Canadian Chris Hadfield commanded the ISS and became a celebrity on social media with his regular and lyrical missives on life aboard the Station, and, most famously, his cover of David Bowie's 'Space Oddity' which was watched more than 22 million times during its one year on Youtube.
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