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Crew News Conference live from space tomorrow - Endeavour's crew prepares for return to Earth

Press Release From: Canadian Space Agency
Posted: Sunday, April 29, 2001

Saint-Hubert, 29 April 2001 - After nine days on the International Space Station (ISS), today at 1:34 p.m., Space Shuttle Endeavour undocked from the orbiting laboratory and began its journey back to Earth.

During the mission, Canadian Space Agency (CSA) Astronaut Chris Hadfield became the first Canadian to perform a spacewalk when he installed Canada's next-generation robotic arm, Canadarm2. Canadarm2's ability to flip end-over-end to reach different anchor points on the Station and its increased flexibility will allow the new arm to perform complex robotic manoeuvres beyond the reach of the original arm. Yesterday, Hadfield was at the controls of the original Canadarm as it seized a packing crate from the Canadarm2. This first ever transfer between two generations of robotic arms has been dubbed the first "Canadian handshake in space."

Hadfield spent the past few days working in the Station, conducting repairs, stowing equipment and doing inventory. "It's very pleasant to work here with everyone, a small taste of real Station life, permanent life off of Earth. We are a crew of 10, living, working, exploring and succeeding in space, a very satisfying and exciting feeling," wrote Hadfield in a message to colleagues at the CSA.

Tomorrow, the shuttle crew, including Canadian Space Agency (CSA) Astronaut Chris Hadfield, will take part in a live press conference from space on Monday at 11:00 a.m.

Media Program

Monday, April 30 (Flight Day 12)

11:00 a.m. (EDT): Crew News Conference live from space with the Mission STS-100 crew, including CSA Astronaut Chris Hadfield.

At the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) headquarters in Saint-Hubert, Quebec, a limited number of Canadian media will have the opportunity to ask questions.

1:00 p.m. (EDT): NASA Status Briefing on the day's activities. Media are invited to attend at the CSA headquarters and may ask questions.

Tuesday, May 1 (Flight Day 13)

9:00 a.m. (EDT): Landing of Space Shuttle Endeavour at the Kennedy Space Center (Florida).

2:00 p.m. (EDT): Post-landing Press Conference with Mission STS-100 crew, including CSA Astronaut Chris Hadfield.

Note: Only media at KSC will have the opportunity to ask questions to the crew.

Note that these times are subject to change. Please call the CSA Media Relations Office to confirm time.

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, CSA
Tel.: (450) 926-4345 or 4370 / Fax: (450) 926-4352
Mission STS-100 Website:
www.space.gc.ca/sts100-mission

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