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Marc Garneau’s final mission in 2000

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It's being called the most spectacular construction job in history. Garneau executes his last space mission with his usual precision, calm and grace, choreographing two astronauts as they place solar wings on the now inhabited space station. After seven hours of technical work, the team is ready to have some fun with the residents of the station. For the first time ever, the doors open between a shuttle and an inhabited space station -- then it's hugs and slow high-fives all around.

Medium: Television
Program: Sunday Report
Broadcast Date: Dec. 3, 2000
Guest(s): Randy Attwood
Host: Alison Smith
Reporter: Darrow MacIntyre
Duration: 2:53

Did You know?


• Marc Garneau announced his retirement during this, his third flight to space. He later commented, "My experience has left me with a deep and abiding appreciation for our planet and its living inhabitants."
• NASA said this 10-day flight was one of the smoothest ever. Garneau and his crew were the first visitors to an inhabited space station. The crew had been up there for a month and would stay another three months.

• Garneau and his family moved back to Quebec in February 2001 after living in Houston, Texas for almost a decade. Garneau was also named President of the Canadian Space Agency that year.


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