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Astronaut Chris Hadfield To Bring Governor General David Johnston's Mascot To International Space Station

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DAVID JOHNSTON
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LONGUEUIL, Que. - Canada's Governor General is sending an image of a mascot into space in order to promote a project closer to home.

David Johnston will be getting a little help from astronaut Chris Hadfield when he blasts off into space next year, and will carry a flag with the image of the mascot for EduZone.

Hadfield is scheduled to travel to the International Space Station in late 2012 for a six-month stay and he's been collecting items he can bring along for the trip.

During space missions, astronauts can take with them a certain number of objects from various organizations.

Hadfield will be carrying a small flag with an image of "Eddy," a yellow lion which serves as mascot of EduZone.

That's an online educational tool for teachers and students to be launched in fall 2012 on the Governor General's website. It will provide lessons and interactive exercises about the role and responsibilities of the governor general.

During a video conference Wednesday from the Canadian Space Agency near Montreal, Johnston showed off the small symbol to Hadfield, who was in Houston at the time.

The Governor General made several stops in and around Montreal during a one-day visit Wednesday.

One of the highlights of his visit was to officially reopen a clock tower, which has been an iconic fixture of Montreal's Old Port since 1922, with new lighting.

Johnston noted that it was originally built to commemorate the bravery and sacrifice of sailors in Canada's merchant marine during the First World War.

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