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Canadian Astronauts Julie Payette and Robert Thirsk to Go on Space Missions in 2009 (Forwarded)
Canadian Space Agency
February 11, 2008
Canadian Astronauts Julie Payette and Robert Thirsk to Go on Space Missions
Longueuil, Quebec -- The Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of Industry and
Minister responsible for the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), today announced
that two Canadian Space Agency astronauts would be taking part in space
missions in 2009.
"Guided by our Science and Technology Strategy, we are investing in
talented, skilled and creative Canadians like Julie Payette and Dr. Robert
Thirsk who have dedicated their professional lives in the service of
discovery," said Minister Prentice. "Canadians can be proud of our
contributions to space exploration and excited by the new chapters that will
be written by our Canadian Astronauts in these upcoming missions."
Julie Payette will be on the Space Shuttle Endeavour for mission STS-127,
with launch planned for April 2009. During mission STS-127, the crew will
deliver the last elements of the Kibo laboratory contributed by the Japanese
space agency, JAXA, to the International Space Station. The components are
the external experiment module and its space platform. The Space Station's
six astronauts will take part in the mission. Julie Payette will serve as a
This will be Julie Payette's second mission in space and onboard the
International Space Station -- she took part in the STS-96 mission on board
the Space Shuttle Discovery in 1999.
In May 2009, Dr. Robert Thirsk will be taking part in Expedition 19,
becoming the first Canadian to remain on the International Space Station for
a long stay, living there for 4 to 6 months. He will also be a member of the
crew for the transition to a team of six astronauts living together
continuously aboard the Station.
Since 2000, the Station has been inhabited permanently, and the astronauts
and cosmonauts occupying it change upon the arrival of crew replacements.
Robert Thirsk will fly to the ISS aboard a Soyuz craft that will be launched
from Baikonour, in Kazahkstan.
Dr. Thirsk took part in mission STS-78, in 1996, on board the Space Shuttle
Columbia, serving as a payload specialist.
About the CSA
Established in 1989, the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) is responsible for
co-ordinating, on behalf of the Government of Canada, all civil programs and
policies in the space field. There are four main thrusts for CSA activities:
Earth observation, space exploration and science, satellite
telecommunications, and space awareness and learning. The CSA leverages
international collaboration to promote industrial development and
world-class scientific research for the benefit of humanity.
Pictures are available at this address:
For more information, please contact:
Office of the Honourable Jim Prentice
Minister of Industry
Canadian Space Agency
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