Friday, April 5, 2019

In The Atmosphere And Beyond

Today I start with more views of the De Havilland DHC-2 Beaver that I showed you in an earlier post. A staging area set up on this side includes crates that would represent vital supplies flown in by air with bush planes like this, even today, in remote areas of Canada.

From a bush plane to the final frontier. The Museum also houses space artifacts as part of its mission. I start with this model of the Alouette I. Canada entered the space age in 1962 with the launch of its first satellite into space. Alouette I spent ten years studying the upper layers of the atmosphere. 

Here we have a model of a venture the Canadian Space Agency is a partner in- the International Space Station.

Panels and displays on the ground floor and the upper floor examine issues about space, as we'll see in coming days.

For today I'll leave off with one artifact that has pride of place here. The Canadarm was first developed here in Canada as a robotic tool for dealing with payloads in space during the space shuttle program. Officially it is called a Shuttle Remote Manipulator System. Its successor, Canadarm 2, is part of the ISS.

This is the Canadarm that flew into space with Endeavour. It is now on permanent display here.


  1. Alouette, what an airy, petite name for such a complex thing!

  2. They eat a lot of Shredded Wheat in the wilderness! An interesting tour.

  3. I marvel at the people who designs and construct these spaceships.

  4. Very nice ...
    You must have an enlightened mind to build all this!

  5. I have seen that Canadarm in action, that's very impressive.

  6. ...the De Havilland is a lifeline to remote areas.

  7. very cool. have a super great happy weekend!! ( ;

  8. I am enjoying learning about all that Canada has given to the world. Thank you for this fine post. :-)

  9. @Iris: it's a word of meaning in Canada, especially among French speakers.

    @John: northerners must love the stuff. I don't know why, I've had it and once was enough! :)

    @Nancy: there's a lot of ingenuity and imagination that goes into that.

    @Francisco: thank you.

    @Ella: you'd have to!

    @Jan: it's quite a machine to see up close like this.

    @Tom: it really is.

    @Beth: thank you.

    @Italiafinlandia: it is.

    @DJan: you're welcome.

  10. From bush planes to space in one fell swoop as it were.

  11. I had no idea what the arm really looked like!

  12. The Beaver was durable, long lasting and noisy. Yes, they were very noisy.

  13. I can't imagine how the further reaches of Canada and Alaska would survive, or have people with regular contact with the rest of civilization, without those bush planes. Great to see Canada's contributions to the ISS.

  14. Have you ever watched the station cross the sky at night? I love doing that. Granted, it's just a dot of light In the sky but, I love looking at it & imagining those people up there looking down. You can get exact times & locations for your area on the Spot the Station website.

  15. Neat photos. I'll be thinking of Shredded Wheat for awhile. It has been years since I bought any. As kids, we tried to make the sugar go into the shredded wheat before crunching it all down in the milk.

  16. There certainly is a lot to see at this place. I would love looking around here. Thanks William, your photos are always very enjoyable.

  17. A very interesting museum with lots to see. It must take a long time to actually see the whole place. Thanks for the photos, William.

  18. Another great 'air show' photography ~

    Happy Days to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  19. Hello, I am sure the bush planes were very important. Great exhibit. Happy Friday, I hope your day and weekend is great!

  20. The Canadarm is a great contribution to space technology.

  21. @Anvilcloud: quite a difference.

    @RedPat: I have more views of the arm from above.

    @Red: it was and is quite a plane.

    @Barbara: the land is just too vast to do without bush planes like that.

    @Sharon: I have never had the chance to see it in the sky.

    @Maywyn: I never did like Shredded Wheat, but I'm actually not that fond of breakfast cereals anyway.

    @Denise: you're welcome.

    @Bill: I spent hours here.

    @Carol: thank you!

    @Eileen: thanks!

    @Marie: that it is.

  22. Sometimes have entertained the idea of being a bush pilot. :-)

  23. So much to see at this museum. You've shared some great photographs William.

    All the best Jan

  24. I think aliens would like the name Alouette.

  25. @Catalyst: thanks.

    @Revrunner: it would be a life.

    @Happyone: thank you.

    @Jan: a pleasure doing so.

    @Jennifer: me too.

    @Klara: possibly!