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Statement by Marc Garneau, President, Canadian Space Agency Return to Flight Mission STS-114

Press Release From: Canadian Space Agency
Posted: Thursday, July 28, 2005

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Longueuil, Quebec, July 28, 2005 - Commenting on recent developments in the Return to Flight Mission, Marc Garneau, President of the Canadian Space Agency reaffirmed "We have full confidence in NASA's expertise and their ability to conduct a rigorous investigation that will resolve the problem associated with foam debris".

As a key partner of the International Space Station, Canada is contributing critical technology and expertise to support this historic Return to Flight mission of the Space Shuttle Discovery. Yesterday, the orbital boom extension designed by MDA-Space Missions Group of Brampton was deployed with Canadarm.  An infrared imaging camera examined the forward leading edges of the wings and nose cap. These images have been downloaded to NASA for review. A 3-D laser-imaging camera designed by NEPTEC of Ottawa may also be used with the extended Canadarm boom later in the mission.

"We need to remain firmly focused on the work that remains to be done to meet the mission objectives and ensure a successful and safe return of STS-114.  The Canadian Space Agency and its international partners", said Marc Garneau, "are actively supporting this mission and the crews of Discovery and Expedition 11 as they continue to carry out critical maneuvers and experiments aboard the station...this is our principal focus at this time".

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