Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Notable Canadians Who Have Made History in Space Exploration

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Notable Canadians Who Have Made History in Space Exploration

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Notable Canadians in space

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Chris Hadfield is the latest in a line of Canadians who have left their mark on the history of space exploration. Below is a list of notable Canadians to venture into the final frontier:

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Marc Garneau: This present-day member of Parliament for the Liberal party became Canada's first man in space when he completed a mission aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger in October 1984. He returned to space twice more in 1996 and 2000, making him one of only two Canadian astronauts to make three trips into space.

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Roberta Bondar: Her mission aboard the Space Shuttle Columbia launched her into the history books as Canada's first female astronaut in January 1992. Bondar, a neurologist by training, was inducted into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame for her research into space medicine. Though she left the Canadian Space Agency months after her voyage, she remains in the public eye as a photographer and advocate for environmental protection.

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Robert Thirsk: Thirsk made his first mission in June 1996 aboard the Space Shuttle Columbia. His second voyage was more historic when he became the first Canadian to spend a six-month stint aboard the International Space Station. Thirsk's term lasted from late May to December 2009.

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Steve MacLean: He was selected as one of Canada's first astronauts in the early 1980s and finally made it to space aboard Columbia in October 1992. He returned in September 2006 aboard Atlantis, when he became the first Canadian to operate the Canadarm II in space. He became the head of the Canadian Space Agency in 2008, a post he held for nearly five years.

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Chris Hadfield: Hadfield's career has been defined by firsts. His initial space mission in 1995 made him the only Canadian astronaut to visit the Russian space station Mir. His second, in April 2001, saw him become the first Canadian to perform a spacewalk as he helped install the second incarnation of the Canadarm. Halfway through his third mission, a sojourn that began in December 2012, he became the first Canadian to assume command of the International Space Station. …

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