Canadian Space Agency

Canadian Space Agency

April 26, 2010 09:44 ET

Media Advisory/From Sea to Space: Astronaut Chris Hadfield Brings Space Exploration to Students

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 26, 2010) - Tomorrow, Chris Hadfield, the first Canadian astronaut to ever perform a spacewalk, will be speaking at two Toronto events to participants at a conference on education and to students on space exploration and what it is really like to live and work in space. Canadian Space Agency Astronaut Hadfield has flown twice in space and is the only Canadian to have visited both the Russian Space Station Mir (1995) and the International Space Station (2001).

Taking a plunge for space exploration

He will also speak about his current training including an underwater mission that uses the ocean floor to simulate exploration missions to the surface of asteroids, Moon and Mars. This May, Chris Hadfield will be taking part in NASA's undersea mission as commander of the crew of NEEMO 14.The crew will live aboard an underwater habitat called Aquarius venturing from it on simulated spacewalks, operating a robotic arm and manoeuvring the vehicles much like would be done when setting up a habitat on another planet. He is also part of a Canadian underwater science expedition (Pavilion Lake, BC), learning how to search for life in extreme environments.

Journalists are invited to these presentations.

Tuesday, April 27 – Toronto

What: 10th Annual Education and Business Partnership Conference
  Title: The Value of partnership with the International Space
  Community and the importance of science, technology, engineering
  and math
Time: 8:30 am EDT
Location: Doubletree Hotel
  655 Dixon
  Toronto, ON
  Contact: Jean Smith
  Phone: 613-526-3090, ext. 274


What: Malvern Collegiate Institute Presentation
Time: 11:00 am ED
Location: Malvern Collegiate Institute
  55 Malvern Avenue
  Toronto, Ontario
  Contact: Leesa Blake
  Phone: 416-393-1480, ext. 20096

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