A visit from space with Canadian astronaut Jeremy Hansen

Posted On Monday June 06, 2022

The City of Waterloo Museum will host Canadian Space Agency Astronaut Jeremy Hansen, and you're invited to join us.

What: Canadian Astronaut Jeremy Hansen is coming to Waterloo
Where: Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex, 101 Father David Bauer Drive, Waterloo, Ontario, N2L 0B4
When: July 23, 2022. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Special talk to be given by Jeremy Hansen at 2 p.m.
Admission: Free

The City of Waterloo Museum is thrilled to announce a visit from Canadian Space Agency astronaut Jeremy Hansen on July 23, 2022. Hansen’s visit coincides with the museum’s current exhibition Health in Space: Daring to Explore. The day will also include a STEAM in Space vendor fair with hands-on activities, crafts and information related to life in space. You will not want to miss hearing Jeremy speak about his career and space exploration, beginning at 2 p.m. inside the Sun Life Financial Arena with Mayor Dave Jaworsky. Admission to the event and all talks is free.

Canadian Astronaut Jeremey Hansen was selected to join the Canadian astronaut corps in May of 2009. He brought to the corps a master’s of science with research focusing on Wide Field of View Satellite Tracking, and years of experience with the Canadian Armed Forces as a fighter pilot. Hansen was part of the 20th National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) astronaut class along with Canadian Astronaut David Saint-Jacques. Colonel Hansen completed his basic training in 2011, and has since participated in many training programs such as the European Space Agency's CAVES program, during which he lived underground for six days. He was also a crew member for NEEMO 19, where he lived and worked on the ocean floor in the Aquarius habitat off Key Largo, Florida, for seven days simulating deep space exploration. While waiting for a flight assignment, Colonel Hansen represents the Canadian Space Agency at NASA, and works at the Mission Control Center as Capcom — the voice between the ground and the International Space Station (ISS).

The day’s events will extend beyond Colonel Hansen’s talk to local businesses and educational presenters sharing their work in STEAM and Space research. Between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. the Perimeter Institute, University of Waterloo’s Gustav Bakos Observatory and the Earth Science Museum will be onsite with information and fun learning opportunities for the whole family. The day will also include Rover races and 3D printing from InkSmith. In addition, the Laurier Faculty of Education Mission on the Moon program will be running family-friendly activities to explore life in space. The University of Guelph’s Tomato Science and Let’s Talk Science teams will present their tomatoes in space program and lunar research activity. LAUNCH Waterloo, Indus Space Inc. and YouTube sensation Dave’s Armoury will also be joining the event with interactive family activities that will allow participants to discover more about the science behind life in space. Plus, Teledyne DALSA will be present sharing some of the innovative space developments going on here in Waterloo and around the world. Stay tuned as more presenters are added.

Finally, the public can stop by the City of Waterloo Museum to view the Health in Space - Dare to Explore Exhibition. This unique exhibition was developed by the Canada Aviation and Space Museum, one of three museums under Ingenium – Canada’s Museums of Science and Innovation, in collaboration with the Canadian Space Agency.

Health in Space demystifies the health challenges — such as variable gravity, radiation, and isolation — that astronauts face while living and working in space. Through authentic artifacts and captivating interactive activities, this exhibition will engage visitors to better understand Canada’s role in advancing health research. Discoveries in this field will be essential for the success of future deep-space expeditions, and may help solve medical challenges on Earth.

The museum has also collaborated with the Schlegel-Research Institute for Aging through the University of Waterloo whose work is closely connected with the ISS. Dr. Richard Hughson and his team here are conducting experiments in space with ISS astronauts in Waterloo, and Dr. Hughson is applying his research to enhance the quality of life for the aging.

Funding by the Government of Canada made the circulation of this exhibit possible.

“Ingenium is proud to bring Health in Space to visitors with the help of the Canadian Space Agency. This exhibition helps to demystify a very complex aspect of space exploration, celebrate the important contributions Canadians have made in this field, and better understand the unique medical challenges astronauts face.” - Christina Tessier, President and CEO of Ingenium – Canada’s Museums of Science and Innovation.

About Ingenium – Canada’s Museums of Science and Innovation

Ingenium celebrates the innovative spirit of Canadians by telling the stories of those who dared to think differently. Inspired by the power of ingenuity, Ingenium encompasses three national institutions: the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum, the Canada Aviation and Space Museum, and the Canada Science and Technology Museum. These three museums are places where the past meets the future, with spaces where visitors can learn and explore, play and discover. Ingenium continues to evolve — the brand new Ingenium Centre houses Canada’s science and technology collection, a research institute, and a digital innovation lab, all designed to protect priceless Canadian heritage artifacts for the benefit of many generations to come. Beyond the physical walls of its museums, Ingenium’s engaging digital content, outreach programs and travelling exhibitions serve to educate, entertain, and engage audiences across Canada and around the world.

About the City of Waterloo Museum

Popular for ever-changing exhibitions and offering access to Waterloo’s premier shopping centre (Conestoga Mall) at its doorstep, the City of Waterloo Museum explores the hometown history of Waterloo and the stories we have to share. The City of Waterloo Museum is the place to discover an array of historical objects, art and artifacts that tell the story of Waterloo from its founding in 1806 to the present day. The museum features a main gallery containing fabulous items from its sizeable holdings of over 15,000 objects, including the restored 1919 Pierce Arrow Seagram Whisky delivery truck, and provides various elements to learn about and celebrate all things Waterloo!

For exhibition hours please visit waterloo.ca/museum. Admission is always free.


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Media requests for Colonel Hansen:

City of Waterloo media contact:
Jennifer Reed
Communications Specialist

City of Waterloo Museum contact: 
Karen VandenBrink
Manager, Museum & Archival Collections