Former NASA Astronaut John Glenn Captivates Canadian Youth During Embrace Space Event

Press Release From: Canadian Space Agency
Posted: Thursday, May 11, 2000

Today, at the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), more than 200 students greeted former NASA astronaut John Glenn and Canadian Space Agency astronaut Dave Williams with the kind of welcome reserved for space icons. During a special interactive presentation, the astronauts shared their personal experiences on space life science research and answered questions from exuberant youth across the nation.

"Almost everything we learn in space touches our lives on Earth," commented Glenn. " Thanks to the results of space life science research, we are going to learn more about ourselves and make life on Earth better for all of us." Senator Glenn and CSA astronaut Williams fascinated youth with their tales of adventure and quest for knowledge at science centres in Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Newfoundland and 150 schools via a CSA and Industry Canada SchoolNet webcast. In association with ePALS, SchoolNet and the CSA, five schools across the country also had the opportunity to use a web board to ask their questions to the two astronauts. Finally, young viewers watched the live presentation on CBC Newsworld and on RDI.

"I like adventure and I like science. I could not think of a better way to combine the two than through space life science research," responded CSA astronaut Dave Williams to a question from École des Rives in Lachenaie, Quebec, about why he became an astronaut. At the close of the one-hour event, Senator Glenn told his youth audience : "You are part of the generation of students that will likely send a human to Mars. To be a part of that great adventure requires a solid foundation in science, technology and mathematics. So, work hard in school, follow your dreams and Embrace Space!"

Embrace Space is an annual international celebration of achievements in space exploration designed to encourage youth to learn about science, technology and mathematics. This year, Canadian Embrace Space activities will take place throughout the month of May and will conclude on May 30 with the close of two CSA youth contests. For more information about the contests refer to the CSA website at:

Established in 1989 and located in Saint-Hubert, Quebec, the Canadian Space Agency co-ordinates all elements of the Canadian Space Program which include, Earth and Environment, Satellite Communications, Space Science, Generic Space Technologies and Human Presence in Space. The Canadian Space Agency is committed to leading the development and application of space-related knowledge for the benefit of Canadians and humanity.

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For more information:

Caroline Lavallée
Senior Communications Officer
Canadian Space Agency
Tel.: (450) 926-4370

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