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Canada's next man in space speaking at NASA hosted challenge in Kitchener

Last Updated Apr 27, 2017 at 9:29 pm EST

Official photo of Canadian Space Agency Astronaut Jeremy Hansen. (Credit: Canadian Space Agency)

NASA is coming to Waterloo Region.

The American space agency is hosting their international Space Apps Challenge at the Tannery in downtown Kitchener over the weekend.

The goal of the 48-hour challenge is to help NASA find new ways to fight climate change.

The challenge is held in cities across the world. Skywatch is a satellite data company based in Kitchener who are hosting the local event.

Skywatch CEO James Slifierez says the challenge is an open call for scientists, coders, and anyone with a passion for our planet.

Slifierez says non formal training or education is required, “The event is a really good mix of people who are both technical and non-technical because its not just people who are scientists that solve these problems, it’s also the people who creatively express solutions that have the greatest impact.”

Of course no NASA space event is complete without an astronaut. Canada’s next man in space Jeremy Hansen will be giving a speech and doing a question and answer period.

Hansen’s talk is open to anyone who wants to stop by, and there’s still a few openings for the challenge itself.

Follow the link to sign up.