Amateur radio contact between astronaut Chris Hadfield and patients at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in Toronto

Longueuil, Quebec, February 7, 2013 – As part of the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) program, Canadian Space Agency (CSA) Astronaut Chris Hadfield will answer questions live from the International Space Station.

ARISS Canada is a volunteer program aimed at inspiring students worldwide to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math through amateur radio communications opportunities. ARISS Canada hopes to establish over 15 amateur radio contacts with astronaut Chris Hadfield and young Canadians across the nation, during Expedition 34/35.

Media are invited to the event:

Friday, February 8, 2013
Time What Who Audience Where

2:30 p.m. EST
The time of the radio contact may change without advance notice

Amateur radio contact between Earth and space

Chris Hadfield, CSA Astronaut (via radio)

SickKids patients

The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids)
555 University Avenue
Toronto, Ontario, M5G 1X8

Note for media: please meet at the Info Desk in the Atrium (170 Elizabeth Street entrance) no later than 2:20 p.m.

About ARISS

ARISS is an international working group consisting of delegations from nine countries including Canada, Japan, Russia, the USA and several European countries. The organization is run by volunteers from national amateur radio organizations and the AMSAT (Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation) organizations from each country.

About Expedition 34/35

For details on the mission, visit the CSA website at www.asc-csa.gc.ca/eng/missions/expedition34-35/.

Videos, animations and pictures of Expedition 34/35 are available at this address:
ftp://ftp.asc-csa.gc.ca/users/communications/pub/medias/EXPEDITION34-35/
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Contact information:

ARISS Canada
Steve McFarlane
Coordinator
Telephone: 613-866-0911
E-mail: ariss@rogers.com

SickKids
Caitlin McNamee-Lamb
Communications Specialist, Media Relations
The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids)
Telephone: 416-813-7654 ext. 1436
E-mail: Caitlin.mcnamee-lamb@sickkids.ca

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