Canadian Space Agency

Canadian Space Agency

April 11, 2011 08:00 ET

Media Advisory: Canadian Astronaut Chris Hadfield Celebrates 50 Years of Human Spaceflight

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA--(Marketwire - April 11, 2011) - April 12th will mark the 50th anniversary of the first human spaceflight. Chris Hadfield, the next Canadian astronaut scheduled to fly to the International Space Station, will be at the Manitoba Museum in Winnipeg on Tuesday April 12, 2011 in the morning to celebrate this important milestone in our global human spaceflight history. Mr. Hadfield will also be speaking to students at Chief Peguis School in the afternoon.

These events are part of a week-long tour that will include presentations in Toronto, Winnipeg, Regina and Kingston. Mr. Hadfield will speak to the training 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.

Mr. 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 presentations.

Tuesday, April 12

Where:Manitoba Museum
190 Rupert Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 0N2
Contact: Scott Young (204-791-9169)
When:10:30 a.m. CDT Presentation begins.
11:30 a.m. CDT Media interviews
Where:Chief Peguis School
1400 Rothesay Street
Winnipeg, Manitoba R2G 1V2
Contact: Kathleen Murphy (204-668-9442)
When:1:30 p.m. CDT Presentation begins.
2:30 p.m. CDT Media interviews

For more information on Expedition 34/35, visit the CSA website at

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