Revised Vision, Mission, and Values Statements

At the 2015 February 9 Board of Director's meeting, revised Vision, Mission, and Values statements were approved. They now read:

The RASC Vision To be Canada's premiere organization of amateur and professional astronomers, promoting Astronomy to all.

The RASC Mission To enhance understanding of and inspire curiosity about the Universe, through public outreach, education, and support for astronomical research.

The RASC Values

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The Sky This Month - December 2016

Long Winter Nights

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Bulletin 2016 Dec

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Asteroid (129980) Catherinejohnson

Catherine Johnson (b. 1967) is a planetary geophysicist and a Co-Investigator for the OSIRIS-REx Asteroid Sample Return Mission and for the InSight mission to Mars. She was a Participating Scientist on the MESSENGER mission to Mercury and is a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union.
Orbit type: Main Belt

Ref: MPC 102256

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Asteroid (129985) Jimfreemantle

Jim Freemantle (b. 1958) is the Project Manager for the OLA Science Team on the OSIRIS-REx Asteroid Sample Return Mission. He was also the Project Manager for the Canadian MET Sensor on board the Phoenix Mars Lander. He has had a long career using remote sensing to monitor environmental change.
Orbit type: Main Belt

Ref: MPC 102256

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Asteroid (129988) Camerondickinson

Cameron S. Dickinson (b. 1974) is the Technical Lead for the OSIRIS-REx Laser Altimeter. Previously, Cameron was the Operations Lead for the Phoenix Mars Lander Meteorological Station.
Orbit type: Main Belt

Ref: MPC 102257

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Asteroid (130006) Imranaslam

Imran Aslam (b. 1977) is the electronics lead for the OSIRIS-REx Asteroid Sample Return Mission’s Laser Altimeter at MDA. Prior to this, he was the Lead for the Mars Curiosity Rover’s Alpha Particle X-ray Spectrometer, and Electronics Lead for the Metrology sensors on the Phoenix Mars Lander.
Orbit type: Main Belt

Ref: MPC 102257

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Asteroid (130007) Frankteti

Frank Teti (b. 1966) is the Program Manager for the development of the OSIRIS-REx Laser Altimeter. Prior to this, he was the Manager of Autonomous Robotics at MDA and focused on commercial and civilian missions for lunar exploration/exploitation and orbital debris removal.
Orbit type: Main Belt

Ref: MPC 102257

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Asteroid (130066) Timhaltigin

Timothy Haltigin (b. 1976) is the Senior Mission Scientist in Planetary Exploration at the Canadian Space Agency. He is actively involved in the preparatory stages for a variety of planetary sample return missions, and currently is the Mission Manager for the OSIRIS-REx Laser Altimeter.
Orbit type: Main Belt

Ref: MPC 102257

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Asteroid (130067) Marius-Phaneuf

Rene-Pier Marius-Phaneuf (b. 1971) is a Senior Project Manager at the Canadian Space Agency. He is responsible for the delivery of the OLA instrument to the OSIRIS-REx Mission. He has been involved in the Canadian contributions to Herschel (HIFI), the Mars Science Laboratory (APXS) and JWST (FGS-NIRISS).
Orbit type: Main Belt

Ref: MPC 102257

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