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Hart Sastrowardoyo
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Canadian Space Agency release
Canadian Astronaut Julie Payette Assuming New Challenges

The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) offers its congratulations to Astronaut Julie Payette as she assumes the challenging role of Chief Operating Officer of the Montreal Science Centre as well as Vice President of the Canada Lands Company as of mid-July.

"Over the past twenty years, through two space missions, Julie Payette has led a distinguished career in service to Canada and all Canadians", said the Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of Industry and Minister responsible for the CSA. "Since her selection in 1992 from among a field of 5330 candidates, as a member of Canada's Astronaut Corps, Julie Payette has showcased Canadian expertise, Canadian Science and Canadian Technology to the world, while at the same time, inspiring our youth to pursue advanced studies and careers in the sciences and engineering".

During her impressive career CSA Astronaut Julie Payette flew two missions aboard the U.S. Space Shuttle to the International Space Station (ISS).

As a mission specialist, Julie Payette flew on the Space Shuttle Discovery from May 27 to June 6, 1999 on STS-96. During the mission, the crew performed the first manual docking of the Shuttle and delivered four tons of supplies to the ISS. Ms. Payette was responsible for the Station systems, supervised the space walk and operated the Canadarm robotic arm. Julie Payette was the first Canadian to participate in an ISS assembly mission and to board the ISS.

From July 15 to 31, 2009, Julie Payette served as flight engineer on the crew of STS-127 aboard Space Shuttle Endeavour on the 29th Shuttle mission to the ISS. During this mission the crew completed the construction of the Japanese Kibo Experiment Module, installed scientific experiments on its external science platform and delivered critical spare parts and replacement batteries to the orbital complex. Robotics technology was used extensively on this assembly mission and Ms. Payette operated all three robotic arms – the Space Shuttle's Canadarm, the Station's Canadarm2, and a special-purpose Japanese arm on Kibo. While docked to the ISS, this mission featured a record 13 astronauts from 5 different nationalities working together on board a single spacecraft. This mission also established a Canadian Space milestone, the first time two Canadians Astronauts: Julie Payette and Bob Thirsk were in space at the same time.

In all Julie Payette has flown more than 16.5 million kilometres and spent 25 days, 11 hours, 58 minutes and 57 seconds orbiting the Earth over 402 times.

Robert Pearlman
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Canada Lands Company release
Julie Payette named new Chief of Montréal Science Centre

Madame Julie Payette has been named Chief Operating Officer of the Montréal Science Centre (MSC). The announcement was made today by Canada Lands Company, a federal arm's-length Crown corporation that owns and operates the MSC. Ms. Payette also becomes a Vice-President of Canada Lands Company and will assume her new role on July 15, 2013.

"In today's world of fast-paced innovation, unparalleled medical advances and instant communication, science and technology have become part of our everyday life. As a vibrant institution of scientific culture accessible to all, the Montréal Science Centre provides a unique window into the astonishing technological processes that shape our society. Science is fun and science is fundamental. I am delighted to join the MSC team." Ms Payette said of her appointment.

Julie Payette is a Canadian engineer and astronaut who flew two missions in space for the construction of the International Space Station (ISS). In addition, Ms. Payette worked as a crew liaison officer with ISS partners in Europe and Russia and served as CAPCOM (Capsule Communicator) at NASA's Mission Control Center in Houston, Texas. Ms. Payette was the Canadian Chief Astronaut from 2000 to 2008. In 2011, she became a public policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars in Washington DC and conducted research on the diplomatic and foreign policy benefits behind international collaboration in large-scale scientific projects. Ms. Payette holds several distinctions, is a chevalier of l'Ordre National du Quebec and an Officer of the Order of Canada.

The role is a homecoming for the Montréal born Payette, who most recently served as Quebec's Scientific Delegate to the United States, based in Washington DC.

"Having a world-renowned Canadian woman lead this institution demonstrates Canada Lands Company's commitment to the success of this important public destination in Montréal," said the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Public Works and Government Services and the Minister responsible for Canada Lands Company.

"We're thrilled that Julie Payette has accepted this position," said Robert Howald, acting President and CEO of Canada Lands Company. "As an astronaut and engineer, Julie has impeccable credentials. She has a wealth of experience and knowledge which will enable the centre to continue and enhance its commitment to science and technology. We could not have asked for a better leader to oversee this great attraction as it continues to evolve by broadening its appeal to a wider audience".

As Chief Operating Officer of the Montréal Science Centre, Ms. Payette will be tasked with strengthening the MSC's position as both a first-class institution and premier science culture establishment.

Welcoming more than 700,000 visitors annually, the Montréal Science Centre is one of the preeminent public attractions in the city of Montréal. The MSC is a science and technology complex that is renowned for its distinctive interactive, accessible approach, as well as its focus on local innovation and expertise.

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