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Astronauts host interactive educational event at McMaster University

NEEMO 9 crew members from NASA and the CSA will be attending

Canadian astronauts Chris Hadfield and Dr. Dave Williams will visit McMaster University on Thursday, August 25, with Dr. Mehran Anvari, director of McMaster's Centre for Minimal Access Surgery, located at St. Joseph's Hospital, to host an interactive educational event with children in the Venture Engineering Camp and engineering students.

The event will explore the educational aspects of the NEEMO 9 mission scheduled for this fall. Members of the crew will be on hand to present their research objectives and answer questions about their roles in the underwater mission which aims to test and evaluate new medical diagnostic and therapeutic technologies to enhance the delivery of state-of-the-art medical care in remote and harsh environments.

NEEMO (NASA's Extreme Environment Mission Operations) 9 is a joint project involving McMaster's Centre for Minimal Access Surgery at St. Joseph's Healthcare, the Canadian Space Agency and NASA. The mission takes place in Aquarius, the world's only underwater research laboratory, situated off the Florida Coast.

Hadfield and Williams, who have both served on space missions, are involved in the planning for NEEMO 9.

All of the NEEMO 9 crew members from NASA and the CSA will be attending the event.

The Venture Engineering Camp, marking its 15th anniversary, exposes children aged 8 to 14 to science, engineering, computers and technology in a fun and interactive environment.

This is the second mission involving partnership between NASA, the Canadian Space Agency and McMaster's Centre for Minimal Access Surgery. Last October Dr. Anvari directed NEEMO 7 -- a mission that focused on the demonstration and evaluation of innovative remote technologies.

DATE: Thursday, August 25, 2005
TIME: 2:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Michael G. DeGroote Centre for Learning and Discovery, Room 1110
(North of McMaster Health Sciences Centre)
McMaster University, 1280 Main Street West, Hamilton, ON