The mining town of Timmins Ontario, birthplace of Shania Twain and hockey's Mahovlich brothers, is about to become Canada's newest Mecca of space exploration — sort of.
The Globe and Mail is reporting that the Northeastern Ontario community will become home to a new space-balloon launch site, a partnership between the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) and France's Centre National d'Études Spatiales (CNES). Canada's space agency is committing $10-million to the cost of construction and flights in which it participates, while the French are providing their expertise and balloons, pledging to fly one in Timmins about every two years.
According to Timmins mayor Tom Laughren, his city was chosen after a rigourous selection criteria.
"The latitude, wind and weather conditions, the low population density in key areas surrounding the city and optimal on-site infrastructure meet the stringent national and international security regulations governing balloon launch and recovery systems," he toldRead More »from Timmins, Ontario, joins France to balloon into the space age