Canadian Space Agency

Canadian Space Agency

April 27, 2010 07:00 ET

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

WATERLOO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 27, 2010) - Chris Hadfield, the first Canadian astronaut to ever perform a spacewalk, will be at the University of Waterloo for the Graduate Students Research Conference later today. He will give a keynote presentation 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 (Pavillion Lake, BC), learning how to search for life in extreme environments.

Journalists are invited to the presentation.

Tuesday, April 27

What: Graduate Students Research Conference
  University of Waterloo
   
Time: 4:30 pm EDT
   
Location: University of Waterloo
  Davis Centre
  Waterloo, Ontario
  Contact: Martha Bailey
  Phone: 519-888-4567, ext. 35411
  http://www.grad.uwaterloo.ca/conference/

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