When it comes to space, one thing is irrefutable: Canada is always there front and centre. That’s thanks to the Canadarm2, the famed robotic tool that’s critical to operations on the International Space Station. So it’s hardly surprising that the two covers featuring the renowned technology led in the cover vote for this issue, and that option two (the arm holding American astronaut Stephen Robinson) won with 46 per cent of the tally. (Option one garnered 34 per cent, while option three — an illustration of a Canadian rover on Mars by concept artist Bryan Versteeg — nabbed 20 per cent.)

(As regular Canadian Geographic followers know, in advance of each issue’s publication we solicit your feedback to help us choose our cover image.)

As is typically the case when our cover vote returns a clear winner, the decision was simple. Option two it was. It clearly resonated with voters as the most dramatic and inspirational of three great options, all of which presented clear cover lines and great perspectives of Canada in space.

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