Join Canadian Astronaut Julie Payette Canada's Mobile Base Lifts off on May 30

Press Release From: Canadian Space Agency
Posted: Wednesday, May 29, 2002

Saint-Hubert, Quebec, May 29, 2002 - A year ago Canadarm2 was the star of the show when Canadian Astronaut Chris Hadfield and his crewmates installed it on the International Space Station (ISS). Now the innovative robot arm's supporting cast is ready for launch.

Canadian Space Agency Astronaut Julie Payette will provide commentary at the Agency's headquarters during the launch of the Mobile Base System on Space Shuttle Endeavour, scheduled to lift off on May 30. The Mobile Base System is a Canadian-built work platform that will be used to transport Canadarm2, as well as essential Space Station structures and space experiments, along rails that run the length of the Station.

The 1450-kilogram aluminum base is part of Canada's contribution to the ISS program and, like Canadarm2, will play an essential role in building and maintaining the Station. It will give the Station's robot arm much greater freedom of range and enhance its ability to carry out construction and repair tasks.

During this mission astronauts will also replace a malfunctioning joint on Canadarm2.


Date:May 30, 2002

Time: Launch time: between 4 and 8 p.m. (specific time to be communicated by NASA 24 hours before launch)

Canadian Space Agency Astronaut Julie Payette will provide commentary during the launch to employees and their families. Julie Payette and mission spokespeople will be available for interviews before and following the launch.

Canadian Space Agency
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A media book on the mission, along with a Betacam video (B-Roll), will also be available. The media book, as well as various images and animation, are available on our Website.

For live coverage of the launch, 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 or via the Internet at


For more information, contact:
Monique Billette
Senior Media Relations Officer, Canadian Space Agency
Tel.: (450) 926- 4370
Mission STS-111 Website:

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