Astronaut Chris Hadfield's Last Stretch of Activities before Launch

Note to Editors

Longueuil, Quebec, November 26, 2012  – In preparation for his upcoming launch on December 19, this week and next, Canadian Space Agency (CSA) Astronaut Chris Hadfield will be undergoing his final exams and participate in Russian protocol events.

Chris Hadfield is about to embark on a five-month mission aboard the International Space Station (ISS) where he will become, for two months, the first Canadian commander. As the launch approaches, Hadfield is participating in pre-launch qualifications and ceremonies which will be broadcasted on NASA TV. These include, but are not limited to, the Soyuz and Russian segment qualification simulation, the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center Crew Press Conference, the crew visit to the Red Square and tea with Vladimir Popovkin, Head of Roscosmos, Russia's Space Agency.

For more information on Expedition 34/35 crew qualifications and ceremonies:

For more information on Expedition 34/35:

For b-roll footage of Hadfield and Expedition 34/35, access our ftp site:

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