From: Canadian Space Agency
Posted: Thursday, April 12, 2001
Date: 19 April 2001
Time: 1:05 p.m. EDT
Web address: www.space.gc.ca
Saint-Hubert, 12 April 2001 _ Just before Canadian Space Agency (CSA) Astronaut Chris Hadfield blasts off on his next mission on April 19, 2001, students from across Canada will be logging on to join CSA Astronaut and Executive Vice-President, Dr. Marc Garneau, in cyberspace via Web cast.
Dr. Garneau will give a behind-the-scenes look at how Chris Hadfield has prepared for his historic mission-from ground training, to underwater training in the Neutral Buoyancy Lab, to working on complex issues surrounding the building and installation of Canadarm2. Dr. Garneau will also answer questions submitted by students from across the country. This 24-minute presentation will be broadcast with the help of Canada's Schoolnet on 19 April 2001 at 1:05 p.m. EDT (www.space.gc.ca).
This special Web cast presentation is part of the Canadian Space Agency's youth-oriented "Canadian Star-Builder Project" designed to inform students across the nation about Canadarm2 and the first Canadian spacewalk. In addition to the Web cast, the project includes "Kidstation" (www.space.gc.ca/sts100-mission), an interactive Web site with "kid-friendly" information, educator resources and activities, images and games on robotics technology and spacewalks. A current events section helps children follow the mission on a daily basis.
Over 2000 schools from all regions of the country have requested special information packages on the mission, which will reach approximately 70 000 students. These teaching packages include: suggestions on how to bring STS-100 into the classroom; activities to help students understand space robotics technology, living and working in space, and the links between research in space and benefits for life on Earth; activity flyers for each student; games to help students learn in a fun and engaging way both at school and at home; an educational video on Canada and the International Space Station; posters and stickers.
About Mission STS-100
The Space Shuttle Endeavour is currently slated for lift-off from the Kennedy Space Center on April 19, 2001 at 2:41 p.m. EDT (exact time to be confirmed). The mission will feature the delivery and installation of one of Canada's main contributions to the International Space Station, Canadarm2. The deployment of Canadarm2 will be the most intricate space robotics operation ever conducted. In the process, Chris Hadfield will become the first Canadian ever to perform a space walk and float freely in the vacuum of space.
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About the CSA
Established in 1989 with its headquarters 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.
For more information:
CSA Media Relations Office
Canadian Space Agency
Tel.: (450) 926-4345 or 4370
Fax: (514) 943-4352
STS-100 Mission Web Site: www.space.gc.ca/sts100-mission
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