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The Space Station Remote Manipulator System Installed in its Payload Carrier

Press Release From: Canadian Space Agency
Posted: Tuesday, August 15, 2000

Saint-Hubert, August 15, 2000 - The Canadian Space Agency's first contribution to the International Space Station, the 18-meter long Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS), will be the subject of a media event Wednesday, August 16, at the Kennedy Space Center. The SSRMS, the next generation Canadarm, will play a key role in the building of the International Space Station (ISS), as it will be used for the assembly of the ISS and, later, for the maintenance of the Station.

During the event, the SSRMS will be hoisted from the floor of the Space Station Processing Facility (SSPF) into a test stand where it will be mated to its payload carrier. This pallet will later be installed into the payload bay of Space Shuttle Endeavour for the launch of mission STS-100. Canadian Space Agency's astronaut Chris Hadfield will be participating in the mission and will become the first Canadian ever to perform a space walk when he will deliver and install the SSRMS on the ISS.

Media representatives can watch the event live on the Canadian Space Agency's Website at the following address:

http://www.space.gc.ca/ Date: Wednesday, August 16, 2000

Time: 9:30 a.m. (EDT)

Established in 1989 and located in Saint-Hubert, Quebec, the Canadian Space Agency co-ordinates all elements of the Canadian Space Program and manages five major sectors, which are: 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.

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For more information:

Caroline Lavallée
Senior Communications Officer
Canadian Space Agency
Tel.: (450) 926-4370
E-mail: caroline.lavallee@space.gc.ca

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