New exhibition explores the health challenges faced by astronauts in space

The New Brunswick Museum is pleased to announce the launch of Health in Space: Daring to Explore, a special exhibition 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 from September 20, 2019 to January 6, 2020.  All are welcome to attend the free exhibition opening on Friday, September 20, from 5 to 7 pm! 


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 also help solve medical challenges on Earth.


Health in Space also includes video interviews with Canadian astronauts which offer first-hand insight into their experiences. A special section within the exhibition highlights astronaut David Saint-Jacques’ recent mission, from his selection and training to the experiments conducted while aboard the ISS.


“It is a great joy to be the first museum in Canada to present this new interactive exhibition.  It will make us especially aware of the importance of good health before and during a space mission. Space continues to be a hostile environment and it is interesting to understand its effects on the human body and its ability to adapt.”, says Dominique Gélinas, Head of Exhibitions and Visitor Experience at the New Brunswick Museum.


“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.”, says Christina Tessier, President and CEO of Ingenium – Canada’s Museums of Science and Innovation

About the Canada Aviation and Space Museum

One of three museums under Ingenium – Canada’s Museums of Science and Innovation, the Canada Aviation and Space Museum is aptly located at Ottawa’s historic Rockcliffe Airport, which previously functioned as a former military air base. The museum takes visitors on a journey through Canada’s aviation and space history — from the early days of flight to the future of space exploration. Spanning 1909 to the present day, the museum focuses on aviation in Canada within an international context. As Canada’s contribution to aviation expanded to include aerospace technology, the museum’s collection and mandate grew to include space flight. The collection itself consists of more than 130 aircraft and artifacts (propellers, engines) from both civil and military service. The most extensive aviation collection in Canada, it is also considered one of the finest aviation museums in the world.



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