Canadian Space Agency

Canadian Space Agency

August 28, 2009 06:00 ET

Media Advisory/REMINDER: Julie Payette at the Canadian Space Agency

LONGUEUIL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Aug. 28, 2009) - Media representatives are invited to the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) for astronaut Julie Payette's first media availability since her successful mission and visit to the International Space Station.

From July 15 to 31, 2009, Julie Payette served as the flight engineer on the crew of STS-127 aboard Space Shuttle Endeavour on the 29th Shuttle mission to the International Space Station. During this mission, the crew completed the construction of the Kibo Japanese Experiment Module, installed scientific experiments on its Exposed Facility and delivered critical spare parts and replacement batteries to the orbital complex. Robotics technology was used almost every day on this assembly mission and Ms. Payette operated all three robotic arms - the Shuttle's Canadarm, the Station's Canadarm2, and a special-purpose Japanese arm on Kibo. While the Shuttle was docked to the ISS, the mission featured a record 13 astronauts from 5 different nationalities together on board a single joint spacecraft. It also highlighted the first time two Canadians were in space at the same time.

The 16-day mission included five spacewalks and was accomplished in 248 orbits of the Earth, traveling 6,547,853 kilometres in 15 days, 16 hours, 44 minutes and 58 seconds.

Journalists who cannot be on site at CSA will be able to watch the event live on our Web site at www.asc-csa.gc.ca.



WHEN: Friday, August 28, 2009

HOUR: 10:45 a.m. CSA employees greet Julie Payette in the main entrance
(photo-op)
10:50 a.m. Words from Julie Payette in the main entrance
11:05 a.m. Press conference

WHO: Julie Payette, CSA Astronaut

WHERE: Canadian Space Agency
6767 Route de l'Aeroport
Longueuil, Quebec


For details on the mission, visit the Canadian Space Agency's website at: www.asc-csa.gc.ca

Video, animations and pictures are available at this address: ftp://ftp.asc-csa.gc.ca/users/sts127/pub/

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