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August 29, 2012 11:27 ET

Montreal Band Simple Plan Launches Their "Astronaut" in Space

LONGUEUIL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Aug. 29, 2012) - Before one of their shows this summer, three of Simple Plan's band members recorded a send-off video message for Canadian Space Agency (CSA) astronaut Chris Hadfield who is scheduled to blast off in December for a 6-month stay aboard the International Space Station (ISS). During the second half of the mission, he will become Canada's first Commander of the ISS.

Music will be an integral part of Hadfield's mission. A musician himself, Hadfield will spend much of his free time in space playing and recording music. In response to drummer Chuck Comeau who said: "We have a deal, you need to play the song", Hadfield agreed to play Simple Plan's Astronaut while in space. The song is the third single released from the Get your Heart On album.

"Canadians have written some of my favourite music. I look forward to floating weightless by the Cupola window, up high across Canada, playing and singing songs from Lightfoot to Simple Plan...a wonderful way to stay close to home."

The video message also features Chris 2D, a cut-out of Hadfield that is travelling the planet as part of the Chris Hadfield World Tour Photo Challenge, the CSA's first ever photo contest.

"Thanks Simple Plan for taking me on tour with you! I look forward to playing Astronaut on orbit on my own round-the-world tour", said Hadfield.

See Simple Plan's video message to Chris Hadfield:

The Chris Hadfield World Tour Photo Challenge

The Canadian Space Agency launched the Web-based Chris Hadfield World Tour Photo Challenge this summer, inviting Canadians on business trips, family vacations, visiting their local science centre or doing daily activities to post photos using a Chris 2D cut-out or by adding Hadfield into their existing pictures using a tool provided on the Website. The picture with the most votes wins a private webcast with Chris Hadfield. The top 5 pictures will win an autographed mission shirt. The contest runs until Hadfield is scheduled to land on May 16, 2013.

For more information about the mission and the Photo Challenge, visit the CSA Website at

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