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Embrace Space 2000: Across the Nation, Youth Celebrate Canadian Achievements in Space

Press Release From: Canadian Space Agency
Posted: Thursday, May 4, 2000

SAINT-HUBERT, QUEBEC--Today, John Manley, Minister of Industry of Canada and Minister responsible for the Canadian Space Agency, announced the launch of the Canadian Embrace Space 2000 campaign. Embrace Space is an annual international celebration of achievements in space designed to captivate youth interest, understanding and participation in space science, technology and mathematics.

``Canada's rich history in space began with the launch of the Alouette-I satellite in 1962, making Canada the third country in space. Soon we will deliver the Space Station Remote Manipulator, a new generation robotic arm that will build and maintain the International Space Station'', said Minister Manley. ``By participating in Embrace Space celebrations our youth will learn more about Canadian innovation in space. They will carry this valuable knowledge and experience throughout their careers which will help to build Canada's skilled workforce for the new knowledge-based economy.''

Some highlights:

John Glenn, former NASA astronaut and official Embrace Space spokesperson, visits Canada along with Dave Williams, Canadian Space Agency (CSA) astronaut.

Among the highlights of Canada's Embrace Space campaign will be a visit to Canada by former NASA astronaut John Glenn. On May 10th, Minister Manley and John Glenn will share the results of the OSTEO experiment performed by John Glenn on behalf of Canada during mission STS-95, in 1998. This experiment studied the underlying processes of bone loss caused by osteoporosis and evaluated treatments. On May 11th, John Glenn and Dave Williams will speak with youth at the Canadian Space Agency and across the nation about space science research and its impact on our quality of life on Earth. The presentation will be broadcast live on CBC Newsworld. Canada's SchoolNet, in association with ePALS and the CSA, will ensure that five Canadian classrooms have the opportunity to ask astronauts Williams and Glenn their questions via the Internet. The Canadian Space Agency and SchoolNet will collaborate to webcast the event to schools across the nation.

Embrace Space and Write About It!

Minister Manley also launched a writing contest for youth from 10-12, 13-15 and 16-18 years, undertaken in collaboration with the Canadian Science Writers Association (CSWA), that will conclude on May 30th. They will be challenged to write an article from 250 to 500 words about Canadian space science research and its impact on our lives on Earth. ``We are challenging youth to investigate Canadian accomplishments in space life sciences,'' said Minister Manley. ``This is a wonderful opportunity to learn about how the Canadian Space Program activities translate into real-life benefits and advancements in life sciences.''

One article in each of the three age categories will be published on the CSA and CSWA websites. The three winning writers will receive a $200 cash prize, a fifteen-minute phone interview with one of the CSA astronauts and the return of their article, framed and signed by a Canadian astronaut.

CSA's Cosmic Challenge

A contest developed for youth aged 6-10 years old was also launched today in support of the Embrace Space campaign. Canadian youth will learn about the health concerns of humans in space and develop their own ``healthy living habits''. Participants will be able to record their entries in the Cosmic Challenge Logbook posted on the CSA website. Parents or teachers will be encouraged to read about living and working in space along with their children and to verify the authenticity of the youth log entries. All youth participants will receive a certificate of participation, a Space Team Canada sticker and a poster of a CSA astronaut.

For contest rules, please refer to http://www.space.gc.ca/embrace_space.

Established in 1989 and located in Saint-Hubert, Quebec, the Canadian Space Agency co-ordinates all elements of the Canadian Space Program which include, Earth and Environment, Satellite Communications, Space Science, Generic Space Technologies and Human Presence in Space. The Canadian Space Agency is committed to leading the development and application of space-related knowledge for the benefit of Canadians and humanity.

Attached;

Backgrounder - Embrace Space Campaign

Backgrounder


EMBRACE SPACE CAMPAIGN

In October 1998, during National Space Day activities, the Honourable John Manley, Minister of Industry and Minister responsible for the Canadian Space Agency, announced that in the spirit of partnership and to reflect the importance of increasing youth awareness and interest in the areas of science, technology and mathematics, Canada would combine its activities to underscore Canadian achievements in space with the international celebration of Embrace Space. In collaboration with schools, science centres, museums, private industry and not-for-profit groups, the Canadian Space Agency brought the unique theme of space to more than 30,000 youth in its first annual celebration in May 1999.

In Canada, the Embrace Space Campaign 2000 will be celebrated throughout the month of May with activities, contests and presentations taking place across the nation. The Canadian Space Agency has selected May 4, the official date for Embrace Space Day, to launch two youth initiatives to facilitate their participation and interest in space science and technology.

Embrace Space and Write About It!, undertaken in collaboration with the Canadian Science Writers Association, is a writing contest targeting youth in three age categories, 10-12, 13-15 and 16-18. Youth will be challenged to write an article from 250 to 500 words about Canadian space science research and its impact on our lives on Earth. The contest will close on May 30. Articles will be judged by members of the CSWA and the CSA. The three contest winners will be announced on Canada Day, July 1, 2000. Prizes include a cash award of $200, a publication of the article on the CSA and the CSWA websites, a fifteen minute phone interview with one of the Canadian Space Agency astronauts and the return of their article framed and signed by one of Canada's astronauts.

The second contest, the CSA's Cosmic Challenge, was developed for youth aged 6-10 years old. The objective of the contest is to increase youth awareness about questions of health - in space and on Earth. Like our astronauts who need to eat healthy foods, sleep well, and exercise to maintain healthy circulation during long duration flights on the International Space Station, Canadian youth will also be challenged to learn the health concerns of humans in space and develop their own 'healthy living habits'. Available on the CSA website, participants will be able to record their entries in the Cosmic Challenge Logbook. Parents or teachers will be asked to verify the authenticity of the log entries before submitting them to the CSA. All participants will receive a certificate of participation, a Space Team Canada sticker and a poster of a Canadian Space Agency astronaut. More information about ``Living on the International Space Station'' is available at http://www.space.gc.ca/embrace_space. The contest will also close on May 30, 2000.

The highlight of the Canadian Embrace Space Campaign will take place on May 11, from 12:30 to 13:15 Eastern Time, with a live presentation to Canadian youth by Canadian Space Agency astronaut Dave Williams and by Embrace Space official spokesperson, former NASA astronaut John Glenn. Astronauts Williams and Glenn will share their personal experiences and vision on the importance of space medicine research and its impact on our quality of life on Earth. In association with CBC Newsworld, the presentation will be broadcast in order to offer the unique opportunity to as many young Canadians as possible to join in. Canadian Space Agency, Canada's SchoolNet and ePALS will ensure that five Canadian classrooms have the opportunity to ask Dave Williams and John Glenn their questions via the Internet. The Canadian Space Agency and SchoolNet will collaborate to webcast the event to schools across the nation.

Embrace Space Day is an annual celebration of achievements in space designed to captivate youth interest, understanding and participation in space science, technology and mathematics. Each year, under the guidance of the Embrace Space international advisory council, co-chaired by former Senator John Glenn and Vance Coffman, Chair and CEO of Lockheed Martin, and of which CSA President M.W. Evans has been a member since its establishment, more than 60 active Space Day partners in North America and Europe initiate and/or participate in youth targeted activities.

For more information on the Embrace Space Canadian Campaign 2000, visit the Canadian Space Agency website at http://www.space.gc.ca/embrace_space.

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