Saint-Hubert, December 7, 2000 – The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) invites
media to attend an event during which CSA Astronaut Marc Garneau will answer
questions from students and Navy cadets, live from Space Shuttle Endeavour.

The downlink will take place on December 9, 2000, beginning at 6:00 p.m.
EST, at the Canada Science and Technology Museum in Ottawa. The event will
be webcast live on the Sympatico portal, at the following address:

Webcast participants across Canada can be part of this historic moment in
real-time from the comfort of their own home. By logging on to this site Web
surfers can get a glimpse of Canadian space history. During the length of
the mission, from November 30 to December 10, visitors to the Sympatico
portal receive highlights from the STS-97 mission and participate in an
online contest, featuring a special space kit.

The site is optimized for high-speed, broadband Internet access. Users with
Bell Sympatico High Speed EditionTM service, for example, will enjoy an
enhanced version of this video transmission.


Live downlink from space with Canadian Space Agency Astronaut Marc

Canadian Space Agency Astronaut Marc Garneau

Government of Canada VIPs

Students from Queen Elizabeth School

Students from Margaret D. Bennie School

Navy cadets

Saturday, December 9, 2000

18:12 Welcoming message and description of event

18:15 VIP speech

18:26 Start of exchange between Marc Garneau and

18:42 End of exchange

18:43 End word

Canada Science and Technology Museum

1867 Saint-Laurent Blvd (at Lancaster Road)

Ottawa, Ontario

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Anna Kapiniari

Manager, Public and Media Relations

Canadian Space Agency

Telephone: (450) 926-4350

Jean-Guy Monette

Media Relations Officer

Canada Science and Technology Museum

Telephone: (613) 991-3047