On 11 October 2017, Artash and Arushi gave a talk at the Ontario Science Centre, Toronto about their NASA SpaceApps winning projects “Yes I Can” and “Drop the Drought” and their award – a VIP trip to the Canadian Space Agency to meet the new astronauts.
Artash and Arushi explained to the audience the objectives of their projects – bringing satellite data to the citizens and carry out scientific and arts-based project based on the data. Artash used the data from NASA satellites Landsat and Terra Modis to predict droughts and migration patterns. Arushi used the Canadian satellite RadarSat-2 to re-create the Canada 150 logo.
They won awards in the respective categories and were invited by the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) to visit the headquarters in Quebec to deliver a presentation, meet the new astronauts, and have a look at work being done at the CSA.
A number of questions were asked at the end of the presentation, including on the technical tools they used, the time taken to complete the projects, and the inspiration behind their projects.
The talk was given as a part of the monthly recreational astronomy night organised by the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada – Toronto. Click here to watch the full presentation.