Ottawa students to video chat with American-Canadian Astronaut Drew Feustel, current Commander of the International Space Station

September 19, 2018

For Immediate Release


OTTAWA – On Friday, September 21, the United States Embassy in Ottawa, in partnership with Actua, Canada’s largest science, technology, engineering and math outreach organization, will host a video chat between local Ottawa elementary school students, stakeholders, and American-Canadian astronaut Drew Feustel at the Canadian Aviation and Space Museum. Drew is currently aboard the International Space Station and is Commander of its 56th mission.

U.S. Ambassador to Canada Kelly Craft and President and CEO of Actua Jennifer Flanagan will host the event, which will also include a panel discussion with Drew’s wife Indira Feustel, the Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, and the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development. The video chat will occur via a downlink facilitated by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). A reception will follow.

This is an invitation-only event. Media who wish to attend must pre-register before noon on Thursday, September 20, by emailing Registered media should arrive to the event no later than 3 p.m.

Jennifer Flanagan and Indira Feustel are available to speak to media, upon request.




Nicole Wootten

Senior Media Specialist

U.S. Embassy Ottawa

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