Dr. Denis Laurin
Exploring the Universe from Space: Canada's Contribution to Space Astronomy and Exploration of the Solar System
Astronomy has made tremendous progress by observations from space. We better understand our neighbouring planets by visiting them. We now know that exoplanets are plentiful and that water may periodically flow on Mars. Dr. Laurin will describe some of the recent Canadian achievements, and what the near future could hold; such as the possibility of detecting signs of life in our solar system or beyond, perhaps with NASA's great space telescope, the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), to be launched in 2018.
Dr. Denis Laurin is Senior Program Scientist at the Canadian Space Agency (CSA). Graduate from University of Waterloo and University of Toronto's Institute for Aerospace Studies, he joined the CSA in 1993, first working at NRC Ottawa and then at the NRC Herzberg in Victoria, BC, he is now at CSA HQ (near Montreal) in the Space Exploration planning group for space astronomy.