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The Canadian Space Agency Astronaut Steve MacLean Will Fly in Space in 2003

Press Release From: Canadian Space Agency
Posted: Monday, February 25, 2002

Ottawa, February 25, 2002 - Allan Rock, Minister of Industry and Minister responsible for the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), announced today that Canadian astronaut Steve MacLean will join a distinguished international group and fly aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour in April 2003.

The crew for the STS-115 mission, to which astronaut MacLean is assigned, will complete another assembly phase of the International Space Station (ISS). During four spacewalks, Steve MacLean and three other astronauts will add trusses to the Station and deploy solar array panels.

"Today, Canada continues its innovation and leadership in space sciences and I congratulate Steve MacLean for being Canada's representative on this future space mission," said Minister Allan Rock. "The International Space Station is a beacon for excellence and a unique laboratory where astronauts and scientists from all over the world cooperate for the good of humanity."

"It is a privilege and an honour to take part in such a complex mission. I am particularly pleased with the opportunity to go outside the station on two spacewalks." Maclean noted that this possibility did not exist when he made his first space flight in 1992. "In addition, being the first Canadian to operate Canadarm2 and its Mobile Base will certainly be an emotional moment for me."

"The CSA is playing a significant role in the scientific and economic development of our country through its team of astronauts, including Steve MacLean, and is a source of inspiration and motivation for our youth," said Marc Garneau, President of the CSA. "Through various meetings and presentations in schools following their participation in strategic missions, young Canadians are inspired and shown that with perseverance it is possible to reach one's objectives, to fulfill one's dreams."

With a Doctorate in Physics from York University, Steve MacLean performed his first spaceflight aboard the Shuttle Columbia in 1992. During that flight, as Canadian Payload Specialist, he carried out a series of Canadian experiments. Since then, he has been Chief Science Advisor for the International Space Station and Director General of the Canadian Astronaut Program. After his training as a NASA mission specialist ended in 1998, he was appointed to technical tasks at NASA. In May 2002, he will serve as Lead CapCom on the STS-111 mission, and then will devote himself exclusively to his training for the STS-115 mission.

Minister Rock recently released Canada's Innovation Strategy. Innovation is about turning ideas and knowledge into new products, new services, and new ways of doing things. It's about changing and improving the way Canadians live, work and learn. It's about creating opportunity for our children. CSA Astronaut Steve MacLean continues to pursue excellence through space science and research for the benefit of humanity. Steve MacLean is one of our innovation champions, an inspiration and role model for youth.

More information on Canada's Innovation Strategy may be found at: http://www.innovationstrategy.gc.ca

About the Canadian Space Agency

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 Comptrollership and Awareness. The CSA is at the forefront of the development and application of space knowledge for the benefit of Canadians and humanity.

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For more information:
Monique Billette
Media Relations Officer
Canadian Space Agency
(450) 926-4370
(514) 914-5453 (cel.)
Monique.Billette@space.gc.ca

Selena Beattie
Press Secretary
Office of Allan Rock
Minister of Industry
(613) 995-9001

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