International Space Station partners presented with 2001 Prince of Asturias Award

Press Release From: Canadian Space Agency
Posted: Friday, October 26, 2001

October 26, 2001 - Oviedo, Spain -- Today, in a special ceremony, partners of the International Space Station (ISS) were honoured with the 2001 Prince of Asturias Award for International Cooperation. Mr. Mac Evans, President of the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), and representatives of the other ISS partner space agencies, including the United States, Russia, Europe and Japan, received the award from HRH the Prince of Asturias.

"I am honoured and pleased to receive this award on behalf of the Canadian Space Agency and as an ISS partner. We are five agencies working together in assembling the most sophisticated engineering project ever undertaken. The building of a permanent space laboratory involving such an extensive collaboration is an unprecedented challenge which we have achieved in an environment nurturing cooperation, mutual respect and openness", said Mr. Mac Evans.

The Prince of Asturias Foundation granted this Award in recognition of the efforts made "to achieve international cooperation that have been necessary to turn this enormous orbiting laboratory for scientific research for a greater understanding of our planet into a reality".

Canada, the United States, Russia, Japan and Europe are undertaking the biggest international space project of all time. Once completed, the 450-tonne Space Station will be a world-class research centre providing a platform for advances in sciences and technology 400 km above the Earth. Its construction began in orbit in 1998 and successive crews of astronauts from various countries have been living and working on board since November 2000.

The Prince of Asturias Foundation, whose Honorary President is HRH the Prince of Asturias, is a non-profit institution whose aims are to consolidate the ties between the Principality of Asturias and its Prince and to promote science, technology, art and literature. The Award for International Cooperation is given "to an individual, group or institution whose work has contributed in an exemplary and significant way to promote mutual understanding, progress and brotherhood among nations." Previous winners have included Nelson Mandela and F.W. de Kerk, Itzhak Rabin and Yasser Arafat, and Mikhail Gorbachev.

About the Canadian Space Agency (CSA)

Established in 1989 and 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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Carole Duval
Media Relations
Canadian Space Agency
(450) 926-4370

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