Russian Soyuz Vehicle set to launch with Canadian Astronaut Chris Hadfield aboard

Longueuil, Quebec, December 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

Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Time What Who Where

6:45 a.m.

Presentations and live commentaries

Launch of the Russian Soyuz vehicle for Expedition 34/35 (on NASA TV)

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

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

For more details on the mission, visit the CSA's website at

Videos, animations and pictures are available at this address:

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For more information:

Canadian Space Agency
Media Relations Office
Telephone: 450-926-4370