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Roberta Lynn Bondar (1945- )
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
Brief bio and a video.
Biography from the Canadian Space Agency.
Includes a short video and still images taken from space, as well as the text of an interview with Roberta Bondar.
A profile of Roberta Bondar from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
Site outlining how to obtain Dr. Bondar as a speaker
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