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ASTRONAUT DAVE WILLIAMS TO VISIT LAURENHILL JUNIOR CAMPUS APRIL 24

MONTREAL, APRIL 18, 2008-   Astronaut Dave Williams will visit  the Junior Campus of  LaurenHill Academy (2355 Decelles)  on Thursday,  April 24 (10 a.m. to 12:50 p.m.).

Williams set Canada's record for spacewalks, hovering in the inky sky for 17 hours and 47 minutes. He just recently retired.  Since being selected as an astronaut in 1992, Williams flew on two space shuttle missions. His first mission was in 1998 aboard Columbia. He spent 16 days on experiments focusing on the effect of weightlessness on the brain. He acted as scientist and subject in 26 experiments.  Williams completed his second space flight as a mission specialist in August 2007 to assist in construction of the International Space Station.  He spent a total of 28 days, 15 hours in space during his missions.
"You really can't see your feet at all but all around you, you've got this panoramic view of the Earth beneath you," he said in an earlier interview. "It's absolutely spectacular."
Williams, who also worked with NASA in Houston, Texas, is also specialist in emergency medicine. He did research into patient survival of heart attacks outside hospitals and identification of trauma patients at high risk. Born in Saskatoon, Sask., Williams holds a doctorate of medicine and a Master of Surgery from McGill University.

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Michael J. Cohen
Communications and Marketing Specialist
English Montreal School Board
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