Saint-Hubert, 29 April 2001 – After nine days on the International Space
Station (ISS), today at 1:34 p.m., Space Shuttle Endeavour undocked from the
orbiting laboratory and began its journey back to Earth.

During the mission, Canadian Space Agency (CSA) Astronaut Chris Hadfield
became the first Canadian to perform a spacewalk when he installed Canada’s
next-generation robotic arm, Canadarm2. Canadarm2’s ability to flip
end-over-end to reach different anchor points on the Station and its
increased flexibility will allow the new arm to perform complex robotic
manoeuvres beyond the reach of the original arm. Yesterday, Hadfield was at
the controls of the original Canadarm as it seized a packing crate from the
Canadarm2. This first ever transfer between two generations of robotic arms
has been dubbed the first “Canadian handshake in space.”

Hadfield spent the past few days working in the Station, conducting repairs,
stowing equipment and doing inventory. “It’s very pleasant to work here with
everyone, a small taste of real Station life, permanent life off of Earth.
We are a crew of 10, living, working, exploring and succeeding in space, a
very satisfying and exciting feeling,” wrote Hadfield in a message to
colleagues at the CSA.

Tomorrow, the shuttle crew, including Canadian Space Agency (CSA) Astronaut
Chris Hadfield, will take part in a live press conference from space on
Monday at 11:00 a.m.

Media Program

Monday, April 30 (Flight Day 12)

11:00 a.m. (EDT): Crew News Conference live from space with the Mission
crew, including CSA Astronaut Chris Hadfield.

At the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) headquarters in Saint-Hubert, Quebec, a
limited number of Canadian media will have the opportunity to ask questions.

1:00 p.m. (EDT): NASA Status Briefing on the day’s activities. Media are
invited to
attend at the CSA headquarters and may ask questions.

Tuesday, May 1 (Flight Day 13)

9:00 a.m. (EDT): Landing of Space Shuttle Endeavour at the Kennedy Space

2:00 p.m. (EDT): Post-landing Press Conference with Mission STS-100 crew,
including CSA Astronaut Chris Hadfield.

Note: Only media at KSC will have the opportunity to ask questions to the

Note that these times are subject to change. Please call the CSA Media
Relations Office to confirm time.

For live coverage, media can log on to the NASA TV satellite on GE-2,
Transponder 9C at 85 degrees West longitude, vertical polarization, with a
frequency of 3880 MHz and audio of 6.8 MHz. In cooperation with
Sympatico-Lycos, the CSA also brings you mission highlights live from NASA
TV at:


For more information, contact:

Media Relations Office, CSA

Tel.: (450) 926-4345 or 4370 / Fax: (450) 926-4352

Mission STS-100 Website: