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Mission STS-97

Marc Garneau

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This emblem commemorates the participation of Canadian Space Agency (CSA) Astronaut Marc Garneau in the STS-97 Mission. In 1984, Marc Garneau became the first Canadian to fly in space and, in 1996, the first Canadian to return to space.

He also became the first Canadian to enter orbit for a third time when he flew aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour during Mission STS-97 to help assemble the International Space Station (ISS).

The Canadian emblem for the STS-97 Mission, created by a team that included Philippe Garneau, Marc's brother, is simple but striking. It evokes the power of teamwork, a concept in which Marc strongly believes. The five hands representing the five crew members grip lightning bolts, which symbolize the mission's key objective to install solar panels on the Space Station to supply it with electricity.

As Flight Engineer on this mission, Garneau used the Canadarm and the Canadian Space Vision System to lift the solar panels from the Shuttle's cargo bay and move them to where they were secured to the Space Station.

As a former Canadian Space Agency (CSA) Astronaut, Marc Garneau is an inspiration for generations of Canadians, a fine example of determination and a native son in whom Canadians may take pride.

Patch STS-97. (Credit: Canadian Space Agency)


Date: November 30, 2000

Time: 10:06:00 p.m. ET

Site: Kennedy Space Center


Date: December 11, 2000

Time: 6:04:20 p.m. ET

Site: Kennedy Space Center

Mission duration: 10 days 19 h 58 min 20 s

Flight number: STS-97

Orbiter vehicle: Endeavour

Payloads: ISS-04-4A (PV Module P6)

STS-97 featured the installation of the first of four pairs of huge solar power arrays on the International Space Station. The 12-day mission was the Canadian Space Agency astronaut Marc Garneau's third—a record for Canadian astronauts at that time.

Garneau used the Canadarm to install the solar arrays that now generate electricity to run all of the Station's systems, including life support, daily operations and scientific equipment.

Two American astronauts completed the installation during two space walks. Working inside the Shuttle, Garneau coordinated their activities.

Successful installation of the P6 truss and the first set of solar panels was a critical step in construction of the Space Station.

Mission STS-97 crew

Mission STS-97 crew

From left to right. Font row: Brent W. Jett, Marc Garneau and Michael J. Bloomfield. Back row: Carlos I. Noriega and Joseph R. Tanner. (Credit: NASA)

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