From: Canadian Space Agency
Posted: Friday, April 27, 2001
Saint-Hubert, April 27, 2001 - Today, Canada was given the opportunity to speak with Canadian Space Agency Astronaut Col. Chris Hadfield during a live downlink from the International Space Station. More than 90 students gathered at the Canada Science and Technology Museum in Ottawa for this historic event, attended by the Honourable Brian Tobin, Minister of Industry and Minister responsible for the Canadian Space Agency, and Mac Evans, President of the Canadian Space Agency.
Minister Tobin and students attending the event asked Chris Hadfield questions on behalf of students from across the country. The live event included questions from students in Iqaluit, Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Ontario, Quebec, PEI, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Newfoundland. The downlink was broadcast simultaneously via the Internet, on Industry Canada's SchoolNet, to schools, libraries and community centres across Canada.
"The success of CSA Astronaut Chris Hadfield's mission is a source of pride for all Canadians and a tribute to Canadian innovation and the expertise we have developed in space science and robotics systems as a partner in the International Space Station," said Minister Tobin. He added that "the high-tech medium of the downlink event and the simultaneous webcast underscores Canada's leadership in connecting Canadians¾using technology to provide innovative and immediate access to vital information, ideas, and opportunities to expand Canadian knowledge about space."
The students from Akwesasne Mohawk School, École Terre-des-jeunes and Pinecrest Public School and cadets from the Governor General Footguards Army Cadets Corps Unit 2784 were welcomed by Paul Donahue, Director General, Public Programs at the Canada Science and Technology Museum.
About Mission STS-100
The Space Shuttle Endeavour launched flawlessly from the Kennedy Space Center on April 19, 2001 at 2:41 p.m. EDT. The mission featured the delivery and installation of one of Canada's main contributions to the International Space Station, Canadarm2. The deployment of Canadarm2 was the most intricate space robotics operation ever conducted. In the process, Chris Hadfield became the first Canadian astronaut to perform a spacewalk and float freely in the vacuum of space.
About the CSA
Established in 1989 with its headquarters situated in Saint-Hubert, Quebec, the Canadian Space Agency coordinates all aspects of the Canadian Space Program. Through its Space Knowledge, Applications and Industry Development business line, the CSA delivers services involving: Earth and the Environment; Space Science; Human Presence in Space; Satellite Communications; Generic Space Technologies; Space Qualification Services and Awareness. The Canadian Space Agency is at the forefront of the development and application of space knowledge for the benefit of Canadians and humanity.
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For more information:
CSA Media Relations Office
Canadian Space Agency
Tel.: (450) 926-4345 or 4370
Fax: (514) 943-4352
Mission STS-100 Web Site: www.space.gc.ca/sts100-mission
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