Canada On Orbit Gala 2012 - Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Aloutte 1 launch
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the launch of Alouette1. On September 29, 1962, Canada's Alouette1 satellite was launched into orbit from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. With this launch, Canada became the third country in the world, after the U.S.S.R. and the United States, to have built its own spacecraft.
To mark this milestone in Canada's history and to celebrate the achievements of the Alouette programme, members of Canada's Space community have joined together to organise a Gala dinner. Entitled "Canada On Orbit", the Gala will take place on September 29, 2012, exactly 50 years to the day since Alouette's launch, and will highlight and honour the pioneering efforts of the scientists and engineers who worked on the Alouette programme, several of whom will be in attendance at the event. The Gala will be hosted by Bob McDonald, the national science reporter for the CBC, and the host of CBC Radio's "Quirks and Quarks."
For tickets, visit www.canadaonorbit.ca.