Tweetup Activity – The Amazing Canadian Space Race

The grand winner for the Amazing Canadian Space Race is...

When: September 30, 2014 during the 65th International Astronautical Congress
Where: Metro Toronto Convention Centre

The first Canadian Space Agency (CSA) Tweetup took place at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum in Ottawa where Canadian astronauts Steve MacLean, Chris Hadfield, Robert Thirsk, David Saint-Jacques and Jeremy Hansen took part in a Q&A session about living and working in space, May 2011. (Credit: CSA)

It is well known that astronauts are good team players. But they also enjoy a healthy dose of competition! On September 30th, Canadian Space Agency astronauts Jeremy Hansen and David Saint-Jacques will go head to head in a thrilling space race that will bring them to space organizations around Toronto. With the help of their respective team of spacetweeps, they will solve riddles, navigate through obstacle courses and space-themed challenges. Lasers and robots are on the menu! Media are also invited to the take part in this adventure.

The race will start at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, home of the 65th International Astronautical Congress, the world's premier space event taking place in Toronto from September 29 to October 3, 2014. The Congress theme "Our World Needs Space" will promote an exploration of the relationship between Earth and space and the ways that space activities help to meet our needs on Earth.


Due to the unusual nature of this activity, which will be fast-paced and will involve running, a lot of walking and/or physical challenges, we strongly suggest that only individuals in good physical condition apply.

Participants should note that this event will take place mainly in English (no simultaneous translation provided by organizations involved). However, our astronauts and CSA representatives are available to answer questions in French.

Media representatives will take part in the challenge. Selected tweeps must agree to have their photos taken and/or be filmed by the CSA and the media. All participants will be required to sign a release to that effect when they report for registration.

For logistical reasons, the event will not be webcast. We invite you to follow along on our homepage and on Twitter via #CSATweetup. You can follow our Twitter feed even if you do not have an account.

#CSATweetup - Program (subject to change)
Hour Event
8:30 to 9:15 a.m. Arrival and registration
9:30 a.m. Space Race begins
Early afternoon End of the race

End time will depend on the team performances and local Toronto traffic. Please plan your afternoon activities accordingly. No meal or snacks will be served during the race.

Edward Birchnall, Canadian Space Agency (CSA) Robotic Instructor and Mission Controller, shows the basics to a few of our tweetup participants before they try out the Canadarm2 simulator on February 7, 2013. (Credit: CSA)

What is this Tweetup activity?

A Tweetup is an informal meeting of people who use the social messaging medium Twitter. Selected participants will take part in the Amazing Canadian Space Race alongside Canadian astronauts Jeremy Hansen and David Saint-Jacques in the presence of members of the press. During the event, they will learn about Canadian space science and technology directly from industry and university experts, and share their experience on social media.

How to register?

Registration for the event should be done on the CSA Website between September 5 and September 8 at 23:59 EDT by clicking here: Registration. The CSA will accommodate a maximum of 10 tweeters randomly selected from those who sign up on the Web.

Registration is for one person (the tweeter) and is non-transferrable. In the case of multiple entries for the same individual, only the first entry received will be considered.

Group photo during the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) Tweetup commemorating the launch of the last Space Shuttle mission (STS-135), July 2011. (Credit: CSA)

Do you need to have a Twitter account to register?

Yes. This event is designed for Twitter users who follow the @CSA_ASC and/or @ASC_CSA (in French) Twitter accounts. The goal is to invite people to interact with each other and discuss the event and their favourite subject: space! Participants must also provide their own device to tweet (smart phone, tablet, etc.). Your device must be already charged. Wi-fi will only be available at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

The Twitter account for the Tweetup is @CSA_ASC (@ASC_CSA in French), and the hashtag is #CSATweetup. CSA will use both to post updates and reminders about the event. Make sure to follow @Astro_Jeremy and @Astro_DavidS as well!

What are the registration requirements?

Registration indicates your intent to travel to Toronto and attend the event in person. You are responsible for your own expenses for travel, accommodation, food and other amenities.

The date, time and content of the program are subject to change without notice. The CSA is not responsible for loss or damage incurred as a result of attending or if the event is postponed or cancelled with limited or no notice. Please plan accordingly.

We usually welcome international participants to CSA Tweetups. Exceptionally, the Amazing Canadian Space Race tweetup will only be open to Canadians (citizens or permanent residents).

To be admitted, you will need to show a valid photo identification card that matches the name provided on the registration. Those without proper identification cannot be admitted. Registrants must be at least 18 years old.

Group photo during the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) Tweetup for the landing of Mars Curiosity on Mars, August 2012. (Credit: CSA)

Does the registration include a guest?

Not this time. For logistical reasons, each registration will provide a place for one person only. Registration is non-transferrable.

Those whose registration will have not been selected are encouraged to follow the #CSATweetup hashtag to take part in the Tweetup.

When will the confirmation be sent?

After CSA has received and processed the registrations, an e-mail with confirmation information and additional instructions will be sent to those selected. We expect to send notifications by 5:00 p.m. EDT on September 9, 2014.

For more information, contact the Registration by phone or e-mail will not be accepted.