OTTAWA, Ontario – neurologist, astronaut, wildlife photographer, charitable founder, public speaker, inspirational resource for countless children of one generation – is there anything Roberta Bondar can not? Appeared Tuesday (January 22) in front of 500 wildly excited children at the Canada Science and Technology Museum here in Ottawa.
Yesterday was a special day in Bondar's life story – the 27th anniversary of their STS-42 shuttle flight in 1992 – but it became more unique when Bondar and Canadian astronaut Jenni Sidey-Gibbons performed live with David Saint Jacques spoke. a Canadian astronaut on a six-month mission on the International Space Station. In 1
"We have very few opportunities to get people into space," Bondar told Space.com. "Of course we want to have more opportunities for women, because there were many men who went into space and on several trips, and not so much for women, but I hope someone like Jenni comes to the moon and be the first Canadians on the Moon – that would be wonderful. "
The two anniversary celebrations had weight at Sidey-Gibbons, which was hired in 2017 by the Canadian Space Agency (along with Joshua Kutryk) and is in its last year of its astronaut candidate training. Canadian astronaut colleague Jeremy Hansen oversees the training plans for the entire 2017 astronaut class, including NASA astronauts.
"It's just an interesting time to get involved in space, but beyond that, when you think about the line and the story It's unbelievable that Canada is from the space nation Canada," Sidey-Gibbons told Space. com. "Even as I'm talking about it, I get goose bumps about the possibilities of space, and the opportunities ahead are also going to be very good, I mean, commercial crew vehicles will be put online, hopefully with crew missions this year, and maybe Back to the Moon, how exciting would that be for Canada? "
Bondar is pushing science forward again at the age of 73, a time when many people are choosing to retire. Bondar flies to isolated areas in Kenya, Florida, and other locations to document migratory bird populations several times a year. (Her foundation calls her #RoBIRDa on Twitter.) While Bondar photographs these birds on Earth, Saint-Jacques will document their migration paths in a partnership overseen by the Roberta Bondar Foundation.
The aim of the research program is to observe birds as they move from breeding grounds, through air routes, to the regions where they live during the breeding season. Many of these pathways are threatened as ecosystems fall victim to climate change, human building and other issues. The images of the ground and of space are shown together in a touring exhibition published later this year after the return of Saint-Jacques from outer space.
A Milestone Year  When Bondar flew into space in 1992, the air was full of milestones in Canada. It was the 125th year of the country's first colonies, which merged into a state (precursor of modern Canada). It was a year in which two Canadians (Bondar and Steve MacLean) went into space. The Canadian Space Agency opened a shiny new headquarters near Montreal this year. Canada also included four new astronauts in its space program, including Chris Hadfield (who later led the International Space Station) and Julie Payette (a two-time aviator who became Canada's head of state, the Governor-General).
visited Bondar The museum opened here in late June 1992 to open its new exhibition Canada in Space – in fact, my parents pulled me out of school to see them. Walking through the exhibition was like seeing a Who's Who of Canada. It included several models of the Canadarm robotic arm, a simulated shuttle payload bay, early Canadian satellite and missile models, and tons of interactive exhibits from the 1990s (eg rocket sites lit at the touch of a button).  Also international partners were shown. The 1992 exhibition included the real Apollo 7 spacecraft, which went into space in 1968 to prepare NASA for future lunar missions. (It was on loan from the Smithsonian and has been in the Dallas Frontiers of Flight Museum since 2004.) Also noteworthy was a huge Rand McNally Earth Globe right at the entrance to the exhibition, among models of spacecraft and a Star Trek Enterprise The staff told me how they do it in several museums.
Memories of the exhibition and the crowds of 1992 floated even decades later at Bondar. "The idea that people greeted me when I came from space into the world old buildings came back, was really huge. And now we have a new building – and new astronauts, "Bondar said," you can not see the exhibit today "- it was disassembled during a two-year museum shutdown to remove asbestos and update the exhibits – but there are still mentions of space travel Among the exhibits in the new building, one area celebrates the science of the very big and the small, and includes microscopes and telescopes to show the extent of nature and its observation.
In another museum of the same organization, only a single space of automobiles grows Located in the Canada Aviation and Space Museum, today visitors can see a real Canadarm robotic arm (not commonplace models for this generation of children), along with other space-swept artifacts, and in February, a new exhibition celebrates the role of medicine in space  Follow us on Twitter @SpaceTotcom and a on Facebook. Original article on Space.com