Accreditation for the launch in Kazakhstan – Expedition 34/35 with Chris Hadfield

Longueuil, Quebec, September 5, 2012 – The Russian Soyuz launch with Canadian Space Agency (CSA) astronaut Chris Hadfield aboard is set for Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 12:55 pm EST. Media representatives are invited to the Roscosmos Cosmodrome to take part in pre-events, the launch and post-launch events. CSA senior officials, Canadian astronaut Jeremy Hansen and Hadfield's family members will be on site and available for interviews.

Interested media need to notify CSA Media Relations Office by Sept 24th.

This 9-day trip includes (scenario subject to change)
December 2 Departure from Moscow to Baikonur, Kazakhstan.
December 3 Roll out and installation of rocket onto launch pad. Visit of Baikonur City.
December 4 Crew press conference including Hadfield. Possible night viewing of rocket on launch pad.
December 5 Launch at 11:55 p.m. Baikonur time. Possible visit of Vehicle Assembly building and local museums.
December 6 Return flight to Moscow.
December 7 Visit of Star City and the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Centre/ Viewing of the docking and hatch opening in the Russian control room (late evening).

IMPORTANT NOTES:

  • Journalists are responsible for all their expenses. A non-refundable payment for the Kazakhstan portion is required by October 1, 2012 for all participants.
  • Media representatives attending the launch in Kazakhstan must obtain a dual-entry visa.

Places are limited and subject to NASA and Roscosmos' accreditation approval. Interested media must contact the CSA Media Relations Office by phone at (450) 926-4370 or email at media@asc-csa.gc.ca to provide names of all members of the media crew to attend.

Expedition 34/35

On December 5, 2012, Chris Hadfield will launch aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft to reach the International Space Station (ISS), where he will live and work for six months.

During the second half of his mission, Hadfield will become the first Canadian Commander of the ISS - a milestone for Canadian space exploration. In addition to overseeing operations as Commander, he will carry out scientific experiments, operate Canadarm2 and perform various robotics tasks.

Visit CSA's website for more information: www.asc-csa.gc.ca/ChrisHadfield.

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For more information:

Canadian Space Agency
Media Relations Office
Telephone: 450-926-4370
E-mail:
Website: www.asc-csa.gc.ca