Canadian Space Agency

Canadian Space Agency

April 08, 2011 09:15 ET

Media Advisory: Astronaut Chris Hadfield Meets With Students to Celebrate 50 Years of Human Spaceflight

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 8, 2011) - Chris Hadfield, the next Canadian astronaut scheduled to fly to the International Space Station (ISS), will be at Marshall McLuhan Catholic Secondary School Monday April 11, 2011. He will give a presentation to over 700 students on human space exploration.

This event is part of a week-long tour that will include presentations in Toronto, Winnipeg, Regina and Kingston. Mr. Hadfield will speak to the training required in preparation for his upcoming space mission, the 10th anniversary of Canadarm2 and the 50th anniversary of the first human spaceflight. On April 12th, 1961, Russian Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first human to travel into space.

Chris Hadfield was the first Canadian astronaut to perform a spacewalk when he installed Canadarm2 on the Station almost ten years ago (April 19, 2001). Mr. Hadfield's next mission, Expedition 34/35, is set to launch in December 2012. During the mission, he will become the first Canadian to command the International Space Station.

Journalists are invited to the presentation.

Monday, April 11

When:Monday, April 11
9:30 a.m. EDT Presentation begins
10:30 a.m. EDT Media interviews
Who:CSA Astronaut Chris Hadfield
Where:Marshall McLuhan Catholic Secondary School
Audience: 750 students (grades 9 to 12)
1107 Avenue Road
Toronto, Ontario M5N 3B1
Contact: Franca Mazze (416-393-5561, ext. 80400)

For more information on Expedition 34/35, visit the CSA website at www.asc-csa.gc.ca.

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