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Canada's first woman in space reflects the milestone year 2019



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

969, Canada celebrates the 35th anniversary of the launch of astronauts into space, officially taking place in October during the inaugural flight of Marc Garneau. [Happy New Year from Space! Astronauts Ring in 2019 from Orbit]

"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.

  Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques (on screen) speaks with students in Ottawa, Canada January 22, 2019 from the International Space Station during a conversation with the other astronauts Roberta Bondar (far left) and Jenni Sidey-Gibbons (center ).

Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques (on screen) speaking with students in Ottawa, Canada January 22, 2019 from the International Space Station during a conversation with astronaut colleague Roberta Bondar (far left) and Jenni Sidey-Gibbons (center) ,

Credit: Elizabeth Howell / Space.com


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