Chris Hadfield to Announce New Photo Contest in a Cross-Country Multi-Site Virtual Tour

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Chris Hadfield trains in a Soyuz mockup centrifuge.

Expedition 35 Commander Canadian astronaut Hadfield will take time from his training schedule in Russia this Wednesday to participate in the announcement of a new contest. In an internet link up from Star City in Russia with ten locations across Canada, Hadfield will announce a new Photo Contest and take questions from participants.

Ten science centres across the country are participating. Each will link up with Hadfield for 15 minutes during which Hadfield will invite Canadians to participate in the "Chris Hadfield World Tour Photo Challenge"

Although the details have not been fully released, participants in the contest have three choices. They can
1) have their picture taken with a cardboard life-sized Chris Hadfield at one of the ten participating science centre sites
2) borrow a smaller version of a cardboard Chris Hadfield from one of the sites to take a photo on site
3) use photos of Hadfield provided by the Canadian Space Agency to add to other pictures using computer software.

Photos will then be uploaded to a Canadian Space Agency website. It is not clear how the photos will be judged or if prizes will be awarded.

Each site is responsible for organizing the event locally. Of all ten sites only one - Science East in Fredericton - mentions the event on the main page of its web site and invites people to submit questions to ask Hadfield during the event. The Ontario Science Centre mentions the event in its calendar.

The event takes place at the following sites (local times)

Time: 1:00 p.m. NDT

Where: The Johnson GEO CENTRE St-John's, Newfoundland and Labrador

Time: 12:45 ADT

Where: Science East Fredericton, New Brunswick

Time: 1:00 p.m. ADT

Where: Discovery Centre Halifax, Nova Scotia

Time: 12:15 p.m. EDT

Where: Cosmodme Laval, Quebec

Time: 12:30 p.m. EDT

Where: Ontario Science Centre Toronto, Ontario

Time: 11:45 a.m. CDT

Where: Manitoba Museum Winnipeg, Manitoba

Time: 11:00 a.m. CST

Where: Saskatchewan Science Centre Regina, Saskatchewan

Time: 11:15 a.m. MDT

Where: Telus World of Science Edmonton Edmonton, Alberta

Time: 10:30 a.m. PDT

Where: H.R. MacMillan Space Centre Vancouver British Columbia

Time: 10:45 a.m. PDT

Where: Northern Lights Centre Watson Lake, Yukon Territory

For more information, see: Chris Hadfield World Tour Photo Challenge.