Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield will have live chat from ISS on April 9
The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) and TELUS World of Science Edmonton are hosting a live chat with Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield.
Edmonton-area students will be able to speak live with Commander Chris Hadfield aboard the International Space Station (ISS) on April 9, 2013.
More than 300 students from grades 7 to 10 are attending the event.
Several students will have the opportunity to ask Hadfield their questions.
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The event is being held in celebration of Yuri’s Night, which commemorates the success of cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin’s first manned spaceflight.
The CSA has also selected a limited number of Twitter followers to attend, making it the first CSA Tweetup in Western Canada.
The program will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday with a 20-minute live downlink connection from the ISS beginning at 11:25 a.m.
Hadfield is the first Canadian to serve as Commander of the ISS.
He oversees space station operations, including more than 130 scientific experiments and is responsible for the safety of the crew and the station.
Referring to his appointment as Commander, Hadfield said: “It’s like earning the gold medal at the Olympics. It’s something for Canadians to take pride in. It’s something to point out to each other and say, ‘Hey, we do good things. We are capable, and we are respected.”