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Media Advisory: Russian Soyuz Vehicle Set to Launch with Canadian Astronaut Chris Hadfield Aboard

LONGUEUIL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Dec 13, 2012) - Media representatives are invited to the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) for the launch of a Russian Soyuz vehicle with Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield aboard. The launch is set for December 19, 2012 at 7:12 a.m. EST.

Chris Hadfield will then embark on a five-month mission aboard the International Space Station (ISS) where he will carry out scientific experiments, operate Canadarm2 and perform robotics tasks. As of March 2013, he will oversee operations as the first Canadian Commander of the ISS.

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

Date: December 19, 2012
Time: 6:45 a.m.
What: Presentations and live commentaries
  Launch of the Russian Soyuz vehicle for Expedition 34/35 (on NASA TV)
Who: His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada
  Steve MacLean, CSA President
  David Saint-Jacques, CSA Astronaut
  Robert Thirsk, Former CSA Astronaut
Where: Canadian Space Agency
  6767 Route de l''Aéroport
  Saint-Hubert, Quebec

To schedule interviews with CSA spokespersons, please contact CSA Media Relations at 450-926-4370.

For more details on the mission, visit the Canadian Space Agency''s website at www.asc-csa.gc.ca/eng/missions/expedition34-35/default.asp

Videos, animations and pictures are available at this address: ftp://ftp.asc-csa.gc.ca/users/expedition34-35/pub/B-ROLL/ -

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