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Canadian Space Agency

August 18, 2007 14:34 ET

CSA: Astronaut Dave Williams Sets New Canadian Record

LONGUEUIL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Aug. 18, 2007) - Today, completing a flawless third spacewalk, Canadian Space Agency (CSA) Astronaut Dave Williams becomes the Canadian record holder for the number of hours spent outside in space. With 17 hours and 47 minutes under his belt, Astronaut Williams has reached new heights.

"Our country has made a strong contribution to space missions from robotics to astronauts," said the Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of Industry and Minister responsible for the CSA. "Astronaut Williams' spectacular spacewalk on the tip of the International Space Station's Canadarm during the mission exemplifies how Canadian technology, expertise and commitment can work together at their best," Minister Prentice added.

In 2001, Chris Hadfield became the first Canadian to perform a spacewalk as he worked to install Canadarm2 on the International Space Station (ISS). Astronaut Hadfield went outside twice for a total of 14 hours and 54 minutes. In 2006, Steve MacLean also ventured outside the ISS to install new solar panels. He spent 7 hours and 11 minutes working in space, circling the Earth every 90 minutes.

To date, 293 astronauts from around the world have performed spacewalks (95 on the ISS). The United States holds the record with 188 spacewalkers, followed by Russia with 123. Third place is now shared between Sweden and Canada with three spacewalkers each (information provided by NASA's Space Statistics website, dated 6/27/07, www.hq.nasa.gov/osf/EVA/EVA_totals_table.html).

To come...

From the ISS, Astronaut Williams will take part in a Canadian downlink with students in La Ronge, Saskatchewan, on August 21 at 12:41 p.m. EDT.

Space Shuttle Endeavour will return home and should land at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on August 22 at 12:52 p.m. EDT.

Video, animations and pictures are available at ftp://ftpsts118.space.gc.ca/users/jjanu/pub/.

For the latest information about Mission STS-118, visit the Canadian Space Agency at www.space.gc.ca or NASA at www.nasa.gov/shuttle.

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