Calgary, Alberta, February 12, 2009 - Canadian Space Agency astronaut, Robert Thirsk will meet with media representatives for the last time before his six-month stay in space on the International Space Station (ISS). He will take advantage of this event to unveil his mission patch and explain the role he is going to play during his long-duration flight.

On May 27th, Thirsk will become the first Canadian to launch aboard a Russian Soyuz vehicle and to participate in an Expedition mission to the ISS. During his long-duration flight, he will conduct Canadian
science and technology experiments, act as a robotics specialist and be responsible for the Japanese segment (Kibo).Robert Thirsk

Journalists who cannot be on site at CSA will be able to follow the event live on our Web site at www.asc-csa.gc.ca.

When: Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Hour: 10:00 a.m. (mountain time)
Expedition 20/21 Technical briefing
Canadian patch unveiling
Who: Robert Thirsk, CSA astronaut
Where: University of Calgary
ICT Building, room 102
856 College Place NW
Calgary, Alberta

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