Saint-Hubert (Quebec), March 16, 2001 — The Canadian Space Agency (CSA)
invites the media to attend a briefing on the upcoming STS-100 mission
followed by a training session on the Canadarm2 simulators.

The first Canadian spacewalk by CSA Astronaut Chris Hadfield, the
installation and deployment of Canadarm2, Canada’s next-generation space
robot and the first “hand-off” in space between Canadarm2 and the original
arm, will all be the subject of the briefing.

Media attending will also have the opportunity to test their skills at the
controls of the Canadarm2 on a training simulator, where astronauts from
around the world learn to operate the new arm.

A media book on the mission will be distributed along with a Betacam copy
(B-Roll) and a CD of photos of CSA Astronaut Hadfield and of the Canadarm2.



Wednesday, March 21, 2001


1:00 p.m. Media briefing followed by a Question Period

2:00 p.m. Canadarm2 training session

3:00 p.m. Visit and briefing at the CSA mission operations centre and
testing facility for another robot that will fly to the International Space


Canadian Space Agency

6767 route de l’Aéroport

Saint-Hubert, Quebec

Media representatives wishing to participate in the briefing by telephone
should reserve a line by calling (450) 926-4345.

Information on Mission STS-100, the Canadarm2 and the first Canadian
spacewalk by CSA Astronaut Chris Hadfield will be available at: as of March 19, 2001.

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For more information:

André Leclair

Senior Communications Officer, CSA

Tel.: (450) 926-4370