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Canadian Astronaut Steve MacLean Receives His Wings

Press Release From: Canadian Space Agency
Posted: Thursday, June 13, 2002

On Friday June 14, Canadian Space Agency (CSA) Astronaut Steve MacLean will obtain the CSA robotic operator's wings qualifying him to operate Canadarm2 and the Mobile Base System. This concludes a week-long intensive training at the CSA's state-of-the-art Operations and Training Centre in Saint-Hubert.

MacLean will become the first Canadian astronaut to operate the Canadarm2 and the Mobile Base System in April 2003, during mission STS-115. MacLean will also be the second Canadian to perform a spacewalk.

Joining MacLean in receiving the CSA robotic operator's wings will be NASA Astronauts Heide Piper and Sunita Williams. Heide Piper will also be a crewmember on STS-115.

** Journalists will have exceptional access to the Operations and Training Centre and will be able to interview and observe the astronauts as they use the simulator. A brief graduation ceremony attended by CSA employees is also scheduled.

WHAT Canadian and American Astronauts graduate from unique Canadarm2 and Mobile Base System training.

WHO CSA astronaut Steve MacLean and NASA Astronauts Heide Piper and Sunita Williams. MacLean and Piper will be crewmembers for the upcoming STS-115 Mission scheduled for April 2003.

WHEN Friday June 14, 2002

1:30 to 2:15 p.m.
Interviews and observation of astronauts as they use the simulator at the MOTS (Mobile Servicing System Operations and Training Simulator).

2:30 p.m.
Graduation ceremony

INFORMATION
Monique Billette
Senior Media Relations Officer
(450) 926-4370
monique.billette@space.gc.ca

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