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Space Shuttle Endeavour Docks with the International Space Station

Press Release From: Canadian Space Agency
Posted: Saturday, April 21, 2001

Saint-Hubert, April 21, 2001 - His boots are polished and his visor has been shined. After the Space Shuttle Endeavour docked with the International Space Station at 9:59 a.m. EDT, Canadian Space Agency Astronaut Chris Hadfield and the crew of Endeavour spent the day preparing for tomorrow's spacewalk.

As the International Space Station glided over the southern Pacific Ocean South East of New Zealand, Commander Kent Rominger guided Endeavour to a picture-perfect docking. In a manoeuvre only performed once before in March 2001 on Mission STS-102, the Shuttle docked with the Station by flying underneath the Station, moving out in front, and aligning itself with the Station until both spacecraft connected. Chris Hadfield was responsible for carefully monitoring the speed of the Shuttle as it closed in to connect with the Station.

Chris Hadfield and Scott Parazynski are scheduled to begin their first spacewalk tomorrow at 7:21 a.m. EDT (TBC). They will unfold and install Canadarm2, the next-generation robotic arm that is part of Canada's contribution to the Space Station. After the spacewalk, Canadarm2 will undergo a series of exercises to ensure that all its systems are functioning smoothly.

Media Program for April 22, 2001 (Flight Day 4)

  • 7:21 a.m. EDT (TBC): Chris Hadfield's first spacewalk begins
  • 10:06 a.m. EDT (TBC): Canadarm2 will be deployed and installed
  • 1:51 p.m. EDT (TBC): Spacewalk ends
  • 2:01 p.m. EDT (TBC): Canadarm2 check-outs begin
  • 2:30 p.m. EDT (TBC): NASA Status Briefing on the day's activities.

    The CSA's Benoit Marcotte, Director, Operations Engineering, will participate in the briefing. Media are invited to attend both at JSC and at the CSA, and may ask questions in both locations. CSA spokespersons, including Mac Evans, President, and Marc Garneau, Executive Vice-President, will be available for interviews.

    For live coverage, media can log on to the NASA TV satellite on GE-2, Transponder 9C at 85 degrees West longitude, vertical polarization, with a frequency of 3880 Mhz and audio of 6.8 Mhz. In cooperation with Sympatico-Lycos, the CSA also brings you mission highlights live from NASA TV at: www.space.sympatico.ca.

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    For more information, contact:

    Media Relations Office
    Canadian Space Agency
    Tel.: (450) 926-4345 or 4370
    Fax: (450) 926-4352
    Mission STS-100 Website: www.space.gc.ca/sts100-mission

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