Canada in Space

Canadarm 2

Meet Canadarm2

Credit: NASA

Canadarm2 is a 17 metre-long robotic arm that assembled the International Space Station (ISS) while in space.

It is routinely used to move supplies, equipment and even astronauts. As well as supporting the Station's maintenance and upkeep, it is responsible for performing "cosmic catches", the capturing and docking of unpiloted spacecraft that carry everything from science payloads to necessities for the 6-person crew on board the ISS.




Hadfield Controls Canadarm2


Learn how astronauts operate Canadarm2 on board the International Space Station by watching this video of Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield use it to capture and dock a SpaceX Dragon capsule on March 3, 2013.



Learn to Code Canadarm2

Credit: NASA

Try your hand at coding Canadarm2 by doing this Canadian Space Robotics lesson, developed by Let’s Talk Science for Teachers Learning Code (free registration on the Teachers Learning Code site required to access lesson).