World Space Week Toronto Event, Exploring Mars Discovering Earth

In the commence of the "World Space Week 2013" the Space Tourism Society Canada, STS, celebrated the Canadian Space Activities and Talents on October 5 in Toronto. The event was held at the 1050 Earth and Science building of the University of Toronto, marked the World Space Week 2013: "Exploring Mars, Discovering Earth".

First inaugurated with the STS mission and vision, the program was opened into presentations followed by the Northern Lights Mars Project at York University by professor Brendan Quine, the director of the Algonoquin Radio Observatory and York University professor department of engineering. Dr. Quine is also the inventor, and patent holder of the novel Space Elevator. The manned spaceflight consultant and the commercial suborbital astronaut, author, and triathlon coach, Erik Seedhouse led the next talk to astronauts commercial training. Erik is a suborbital trainor at astronauts for hire The event was ended with the Astronomy in Action founder, Ryan Marciniak,addressing the Space Education in the 21st Century ,and the significance of the technology with the education methods in astronomy and space.

The World Space Week, the international celebration of science, technology, and the contribution to the betterment of the human conditionö is defined under the United Nations Outer Space Treaty and is being celebrated by many organizations and entities related to space activities worldwide and is observed from October 4 to October 10 every year. Some of the highlights were included the participation of the Astronauts Kids Space Club members and the planetarium observation show by Astronomy in Action.

The sponsors of the event were Canadian Alumni of the International Space University CAISU and the Canadian Space Society CSS.

World Space Week 2013

NSAW 2010

This biennial event is hosted by the Canadian Alumni of the International Space University (CAISU) and aims at promoting space awareness among students, young professionals and the community in general by having the participants work on topics in a space-related theme immersed in a dynamic and interdisciplinary setting. The theme for this workshop is: ÔÇťISS to Commercialization: CanadaÔÇÖs Future Space ContributionsÔÇŁ

CAISU at Discovery09

Visit the CAISU exhibitor booth at Discovery 09 Ontario Centres of Excellent at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre on MAY 11 and 12. This two-day event on innovation and entrepreneurship features many interesting speakers, student competitions, topic-specific sessions, and showcase displays.

ISU on Euronews

ISU Strasbourg Campus featured on Euronews, including Canadian MSS students as well as faculty and ISU Dean, Walter Peeters.

"Orphans of Apollo" Vancouver Premiere

Orphans of Apollo logo

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What: The premiere of the "Orphans of Apollo" Documentary, followed by a panel of distinguished panelists. An event to generate further interest in the space industry within Canada, to send more Canadian Students to the International Space University, and to promote local space organizations.

When: Tuesday April 7, 2009 at 7pm

Where: UBC Woodward Theater #2 (map)

Presented By: UBC Engineering Physics Association and the Canadian Alumni of the International Space University (CAISU) to provide scholarships for Canadian students to attend the International Space University through the Canadian Foundation for the ISU.

Tickets: Students: $10, General Admission: $15

Guest Panelists:

Chairman: Athena Global

Reception after the screening with light refreshments.

For more information, please contact Renee Boileau at


Directed By: Michael Potter and Becky Neiman

Official Website:

Description: Orphans of Apollo tells the extraordinary true story of a rebel group of entrepreneurs who seized command of the Russian Mir Space Station. It was the pioneering efforts of these brave, free marketeer buinessmen who launched the New Space Revolution, and kick-started the privatization of outer space as we know it today. This is the greatest story never told, and one film you are not supposed to see...

More information about the film can be found on the official website here

Critical Acclaim:

´┐ŻOrphans of Apollo is both a great work of art and an important story... an inspiring film to see before my own flight to space´┐Ż

   - Richard Garriott, America's First 2nd Generation Astronaut

´┐ŻA fascinating account of how a small group of American space entrepreneurs challenged the government...´┐Ż

   - Dr. Roger Launius, National Air and Space Museum

´┐ŻA Fast Moving Chronicle of an action packed, amazing true story´┐Ż

   - George Whitesides Executive Director, National Space Society

Yuri's Night Toronto

Yuri's Night Toronto, April 11th, 7PM to close, 280 Bloor St. West

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Biennial CAISU conference NSAW2010 in Ottawa
November 2010

This biennial event is hosted by the Canadian Alumni of the International Space University (CAISU) and aims at promoting space awareness among students, young professionals and the community in general by having the participants work on topics in a space-related theme immersed in a dynamic and interdisciplinary setting. The theme for this workshop is: "ISS to Commercialization: Canada's Future Space Contributions"

Canadian SSP'10 Students Win The Barcelona Aerobatics Zero-g Challenge
October 20, 2010

Congratulations to three Canadian SSP'10 students (AlexandraKindrat, Heather Allaway and Alexander Melynshyn) who recently won the Barcelona Aerobatics Zero-g Challenge:

The Barcelona Aerobatics Zero-g Challenge is an international contest in which graduate and undergraduate students from different countries worldwide are challenged with the problem of designing and building a zero-g experiment in a limited period of time. The winners are offered the unique opportunity of flying their own experiment with the UPC Microgravity Aerobatics Platform held in Sabadell Airport. This innovative infrastructure is a result of a research led by Prof. Antoni P├ęrez-Poch from CRAE, Space Research Group at UPC since 2007, and the first of its kind in Europe.

See the press release for more info.

Kingston Road Show
October 1st, 2010

The next road show will be at Queen's University:

Vancouver Meetup
October 29th, 2010

Here is another chance to meet up with a few ISU folks in the Vancouver-area. This time we have Eric Choi coming to town, so the plan is Dinner:
   Date: Wednesday, October 29
   Place: Milestones - Cambie and 8th
   Time: 18:30
If you can make it then send me an email to

CAISU embraces the Social Web
Monday August 9, 2010

CAISU is on Facebook

CAISU is on LinkedIn

CAISU is on GoogleDocs

CAISU is on Twitter

The upcoming NSAW conference is on Twitter

Please note: These new sites are for CAISU members only.
Become an active member of the CAISU family online!

Yuri's Night 2010 in London, Ontario, Canada

Discovery 10, Ontario Centres of Excellence
Monday May 17 and Tuesday May 18 2010

Where: Metro Toronto Convention Centre
Keynote speaker on May 17, 2:30pm:
Steve Wozniak, Apple co-founder.
Visit CAISU at Booth 648 at OCE Discovery 10
For all details visit the Discovery 10 website. c

Will My Head Really Explode in a Vacuum?
Wednesday, May 5, 2010, 7:30PM

Will My Head Really Explode in a Vacuum?
(What Really Happens When You Go to Space)
Canadian Space Society Lecture Night
By Shawna Pandya
Where: Canadian Air And Space Muesum
When: May 5th, 2010 at 7:30 PM
(meet and greet, setup)
8:00 PM Presentation Start
Phone: 416 899 0843
Free Refreshments will be served!

ISU alumni spotlight: Shawna Pandya
April 19, 2010

ISU interview with Canadian alumna from the MSS class of 2007, Shawna Pandya.

2010 Yuri's Night in Canada

Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin was the first human to leave the bounds of Earth and enter outer space. Yuri's Night is an annual celebration of human space exploration. The celebration has grown from 64 events during its first year in 2001 to over 150 individual events in 53 countries around the world in 2010. Locations will include Los Angeles, Stockholm, Antarctica, Tel Aviv, Tokyo, Houston, and the International Space Station! In Canada, Yuri's Night celebrations will be held starting April 9 in the following locations listed below. For more information about Yuri's Night visit the website.

London, Ontario
University of Western Ontario
April 9, 20:00 - 1:00 (Party)
April12th, 3:30 - 5:00 (Panel Discussion)

Montreal, Quebec
Snap! Lounge
April 10th, 21:00 - 02:00 (Party)

Toronto, Ontario
The Charlotte Room
April 17, 2010, 21:00 to 02:00 (Party)

Winnipeg, Manitoba
The Manitoba Museum's Planetarium
190 Rupert Avenue
April 12th, 19:00 to 23:00 (Party)
Contact Scott Young

2010 CAISU Board of Directors

The CAISU AGM was held on November 20 2009 and the new 2010 Boards of Directors was elected. CAISU would like to take the opportunity to thank the 2000 Board of Directors for their hard work and would like to welcome your new 2010 Board of Directors.

ISU Promotion Video
March 6 2010

Tom Hirmer, an SSP09 alumnus and current MSS student, recently created a promotion video for the ISU. Anyone interested in the ISU Master's programs will find this video very useful.

ASX Event: 7th Annual "Expanding Canada's Frontiers" Symposium
Friday January 29 2010, 6:30PM

You are invited to attend ASX's 7th Annual "Expanding Canada's Frontiers" Symposium. Organized by the Astronomy & Space Exploration Society (ASX) at the University of Toronto, this event features:

  • Prof. Peter Schultz (NASA LCROSS mission): Water on the Moon - a new oasis for life in space

  • Prof. Sara Seager (MIT): seeking the stuff of life beyond our solar system

  • Dr. Firouz Naderi (NASA JPL): engineering the future of robotic space exploration

  • Dr. Narendra Bhandari (Indian Space Res. Org.): India's Space Program finds water in the lunar desert

    Doors open at 5:30PM and there is a reception at 10:00PM.
    LOCATION: Convocation Hall, University of Toronto
    Address: 31 King's College Circle, Toronto
    ADMISSION: Students: FREE with registration online
    General Public: $20 ($15 until Jan 7, 5pm) from UofT TIX: online
    Phone #: (416) 978-8849
    Please note: There is a special discount to CAISU members for this event: $15 tickets instead of $20, if purchased prior to the event. Mention code "7A129" when ordering from U of T TIX (phone or in-person orders). This event has attracted over 1,000 attendees in the past, so do book your ticket early!

    ABSTRACT: The search for habitable worlds other than our own, from nearby in our solar system to far away exoplanets, is one of the greatest scientific endeavors of human history. The discovery of many exoplanets in recent years as well as the astonishing discovery of water on the moon has propelled this quest to the forefront of today's scientific research. With these discoveries in mind, ASX is pleased to present a truly inspiring cast of speakers who are at the forefront of this field. Please come out on January 29th to hear these speakers talk about their latest work and accomplishments as well as their perspectives on the search for other worlds and space exploration.
    Fore more info:

    CAISU Roadshow at the University of Western Ontario
    January 20 2010, 12:00noon-1:00PM

    You are invited to attend a CAISU Roadshow Presentation by Dominic Veillette (SSP2007) and Marianne Mader (MSS2006) on Wednesday January 20 2010 at 12:00 noon at the University of Western Ontario. The location is: Graduate Lounge (basement level of Middlesex College), Back Room.
    For more information contact Dominic Veillette by email or contact Marianne Mader by email

    CAISU Roadshow at the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies
    Monday January 18 2010, 12:00 noon

    You are invited to attend a CAISU Roadshow Presentation by CAISU President Jian Feng Shi (SSP2007) on Monday January 18 2010 at 12:00 noon at the University of Toronto Institue of Aerospace Studies. The location is: 4925 Dufferin Street, Toronto.
    For more information contact Jian Feng Shi by email>.

    CAISU Roadshow at the University of Toronto, Downtown Campus
    January 11 2010, 2:30PM

    You are invited to attend a CAISU Roadshow Presentation by Reyman Rahnama (SSP2005) on Friday January 15 2010 at 2:30PM at the University of Toronto. The location is: Engineering Science Building, Graduate Lounge.
    For more information contact Peyman Rahnama by email>.

    CAISU Roadshow at the Université de Sherbrooke
    January 14, 2010, 12:40PM-13:30PM

    You are invited to attend a CAISU Roadshow Presentation by Guy De Carufel, Tomas Hirmer, and Martin Cote (SSP2009) on Thursday January 14 2010 at 12:40PM at the the Université de Sherbrooke. The location is: Agora du Carrefour de l'Information, Pavillon Georges-Canada, 2500 boulevard de l'Université. Guy and Tomas will participate via Skype videoconference.
    For more information contact Martin Cote by email>.

    CAISU Roadshow at York University
    January 7 2010, 2:00PM

    You are invited to attend a CAISU Roadshow Presentation by Reyman Rahnama (SSP2005) on Friday January 7 2010 at 2:00PM at York University. The location is: Petrie Science and Engineering Building, Rm. 258.
    For more information contact Peyman Rahnama by email>.

    CAISU Roadshow at the University of Waterloo in Galt, Ontario
    December 16 2009 12:00 noon

    You are invited to attend a CAISU Roadshow Presentation by Reggie MacIntosh (SSP2009) on Wednesday December 16 at 12:00 noon at the University of Waterloo's School of Architecture, Main Lecture Hall.
    For more information contact Reggie MacIntosh by email>.

    CAISU Roadshow in Calgary, Alberta
    December 11 2009 9AM-11AM

    If you are in Calgary, you are invited to attend a CAISU Roadshow Presentation by Natalie Panek on Friday December 11 at 9:00am at the University of Calgary's Schulich School of Engineering Engineering (ENGG) Student Lounge. The address is: Block E, Main Floor, Room 134
    For more information contact Natalie Panek by email

    CAISU Roadshows in Montreal at McGill University and INRS-ÉMT
    December 8 2009 6PM and December 10 10AM

    It is that time of the year again for CAISU Roadshows!.

    If you are in Montreal, you are invited to attend a CAISU Roadshow Presentation by Adam Halpert,on Tuesday December 8 2009 at 6:00pm. The location is Room 310 in the Bronfman Building at the Desautels Faculty of Management, McGill University. The address is: 1001 Sherbrooke Street West, Montreal, Quebec.
    For more information Contact Adam Halpert by email

    And on Thursday December 10th at 10am, INRS doctoral student Alexandre Perron will present a CAISU Roadshow at the Institut national de la recherche scientifique - Énergie, Matériaux et Télécommunications. The location is: Place Bonaventure, 800, de La Gauchetire West, gate North-West, suite 6900, Conference Room.
    For more information contact Alexandre Perron by email

    CAISU Toronto Social Gathering at the Madison
    November 24 2009 8PM

    Join Tahir Merali (SSP08, MSM09, SSP09) and CAISU President Jian Feng Shi (SSP07) at the Madison Avenue Pub in downtown Toronto on Tuesday November 24 at 8:00PM! The pub is located at 14 Madison Avenue, off of Bloor Street West, and slightly east of Spadina (near the Spadina TTC subway station).

    Peruse the menu and and drinks list. Bring your hearty appetite!
    RSVP with Jian Feng Shi by email

    Canadian Space Summit, Kingston Ontario
    November 20-22 2009

    Attend the annual CSS Space Summit at the Royal Military College in Kingston Ontario. Full details are available online. Keynote speaker: noted Canadian astronomer, Terence Dickinson, editor of Skynews and author of The Backyard Astronomer's Guide.

    CAISU will hold its Annual General Meeting at the Canadian Space Summit on Friday November 20 at 5:30pm. The location is RMC Room MK350. Following the AGM, you are welcome to join CAISU family dinner at The Keg at 7:00pm at 300 King Street East in Kingston.
    For those interested in attending the AGM in person or by teleconference call, please contact CAISU President Jian Feng Shi by email

    Message from Dr. Michael Simpson, President, ISU
    October 2009

    This year's Masters students began their academic year on September 1st with enrollment at 55 -- just as the SSP, with a class of 131 students from 35 countries, concluded at the NASA/Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley.

    The 2008-2009 academic year was extraordinary in many ways:

    Perhaps the best thanks ISU provides to the many individuals and institutions who have helped the university reach this point is via recognition that our alumni are a "force" in today's vibrant space endeavors around the globe, both in space science & exploration and in providing "down-to-earth" benefits to society from space technology and activities.

    I invite you to join us in this adventure of learning and growth by staying in touch with ISU over the years. Working together, we can expand our understanding of space while building a brighter and more sustainable future for the planet we all share.

    Ad Astra!

    Mike Simpson

    NASA searches for water on the moon
    October 2009

    Read the Globe and Mail article on NASA's mission to find water on the moon using a rocket that was purposely crashed into the Cabeus crater near the moon's south pole. According to Anthony Colaprete, the chief scientist for the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite mission, the mission found approximately 25 gallons of water in the form of ice and vapor.

    ISU Students' IRIS experiment on ISS
    September 2009

    Read the SATNEWS article on ISU students' experiment IRIS (Image Reversal in Space) conducted on the International Space Station by Canadian astronaut Bob Thirsk.

    Canadian Astronaut Dr. Robert Thirsk addresses ISU with ARED on ISS
    August 20th, 2009

    Canadian Astronaut Robert Thirsk onboard the ISS speaks with ISU SSP2009 students at NASA Ames International Space Station on a live downlink. Bob Thirsk performed an evaluation of the aRED (advanced Resistive Exercise Device), a high-tech exercise machine. aRED counteracts muscle atrophy and bone demineralization caused by prolonged exposure to weightlessness in space.

    Robert Thirsk Heads to the ISS
    May 27th, 2009

    Robert Thirsk, a Canadian astronaut and great friend and supporter of CAISU, launched today to spend six months aboard the International Space Station. Read more about his adventure: CBC - Canadian astronaut Thirsk bound for International Space Station.

    Robert Thirsk visits SSP07 students in Beijing.

    Mission STS-127: Julie Payette on the ISS
    July 2009

    Read the CSA summary of Julie Payette's activities on the ISS. Julie Payette was the flight engineer for STS-127 shuttle mission to the International Space Station, which delivered critical supplies and experiments. On this mission, she operated three robotic arms: the Shuttle's Canadarm, the Station's Canadarm2 and a Japanese arm on Kibo.

    Prime Minister Visit
    May 26th, 2009

    Dear Friends,

    During the NATO Summit in Strasbourg (April 3rd & 4 2009), the Office of Prime Minister Harper and the Canadian Embassy in Paris extended an invitation to meet the 10 Canadian students currently studying at the ISU in Strasbourg.

    On April 4th, students met with Prime Minister Harper for about 30 minutes, participating in a photo shoot & brief chat and listened to the PM's address.

    The students took advantage of this unique opportunity to present the PM with a letter written on behalf of all Canadian students andalumni, as well as presenting the PM with an ISU polo-shirt as a token of appreciation. Once the official photo is released, it will be sent along.

    Reprinted below is the letter:

    April 3rd, 2009

    Office of the Prime Minister
    80 Wellington Street
    Ottawa, Ontario
    K1A 0A2 Canada

    International Space University Canadian Students and Alumni Greeting

    Dear Right Honourable Prime Minister Stephen Harper;

    On behalf of the International Space University's (ISU) Canadian students and alumni, we the undersigned, thank you for meeting us during your visit to Strasbourg during the NATO Summit April 3rd and 4th 2009. This initiative, of your office and the Canadian Space Agency, expresses the importance the Canadian Government places on the Canadian space program, its role on the global stage, and its future leaders.

    Our ethnic and educational backgrounds are a microcosm of Canadian multiculturalism at its best. We look forward to joining the Canadian workforce complemented by the international, interdisciplinary and intercultural experience gained at ISU and are hopeful that these skills will contribute to the further development of Canadian technologies. Through the ISU program, we understand the necessity of engaging the greater Canadian society in Canada's space activities and are appreciative of the active interest your office has taken in us as young Canadian professionals.

    We appreciate your visit and look forward to playing a role in shaping Canada's future in space.

    The Undersigned

    Tahir Merali - MSM'09, SSP'08
    Zauher Abdullah - MSS'09, SSP'08
    James Barth - MSS'09
    Axel Bergman - MSM'09
    Mario Ciaramicoli - MSS'09
    Donny Cosic - MSS'09
    Douglas Hemingway - MSS'09
    Heather Henry - MSS'09, SSP'08
    Farnoud Kazemzadeh - MSS'09
    Jeremy Webb - MSS'09, SSP'08
    Jian Feng Shi - SSP'07 - President, Canadian Alumni of the ISU (CAISU)
    Kevin Shortt - SSP'07 - President, Canadian Space Society (CSS)

    Tahir Merali - SSP08, MSM09

    CAISU Logo Design Survey

    You are invited to participate in the CAISU New Logo Survey !
    Cast your vote for your favorite design by Monday April 20 2009.
    The winning logo design will be announced on Friday April 24 2009.

    National Space Awareness Workshop 2008

    The National Space Awareness Workshop 2008 was a success!

    Thank you to all those who contributed to turn this event into a smoothly running workshop with very interesting presentations and many networking opportunities. The final NSAW report is now available online.

    We are looking forward to seeing you at the next National Space Awareness Workshop, which will be held in Ottawa in 2010.


    It is that time of the year again for CAISU Roadshows. If you are doing a roadshow or have already done one, please send us an e-mail and let us know the time, place and your contact for setting up your roadshow, as we are keeping a database to make roadshows easier for new alumni in the future. I you would also like some posters for ISU 2009, please let us know.