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Roberta Lynn Bondar (1945- )
Astronaut, neurologist
Roberta Bondar
Roberta Bondar with a stamp issued in her honour.
(Copyright Canada Post Corporation, 2003. Reproduced with permission.)

Roberta Bondar became the first Canadian woman in space when she flew on Discovery in January 1992, on Mission STS-42. She began training as an astronaut in February 1984 after being selected along with five other Canadians. During her space flight Dr. Bondar served as prime Payload Specialist for the first International Microgravity Laboratory Mission.

Roberta was born in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, where she attended school. A woman of varied talents, she became a medical doctor as well as earning a doctorate in neurobiology. She conducted research in Boston and Toronto before becoming an Assistant Professor at McMaster University in 1982. After intensive training to become an astronaut, she spent eight days in space. Following her historic flight Dr. Bondar returned to research and pursuing her many interests - including flying, scuba diving, and parachuting.

Discover more

  • Roberta Bondar - The Challenge of Change
    TED Talks, Waterloo.
  • Roberta Bondar (video)
    1995 CityTV production, 30 min. Part of the series The Originals: portraits in the first person.
  • Roberta Bondar is out of this world
    Watch the astronaut in a video from the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation: saying good-bye to friends on earth, blasting into space, and floating around during her mission.
  • Wonderstruck (video)
    1993 CBC production about astronaut Roberta Bondar in space, 24 min. Toronto: CBC International Sales. Distributed by Medianet.
  • Bondar, Barbara; with Roberta Bondar. On the shuttle: eight days in space. Toronto: Greey de Pencier Books, c.1993.
  • Bondar, Roberta. Passionate vision: discovering Canada's national parks. Toronto: Douglas&McIntyre, 2000.
  • Bondar, Roberta. Touching the earth. Toronto: Key Porter Books, 1994.
  • Webb, Michael. Roberta Bondar: leading science into space. Mississauga: Copp Clark Pitman Ltd., 1993.


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