Transcript of Canadian Astronauts and Their Contributions!
Katherine, Mel and Shiana Canadian Astronauts and their Contributions Introduction Marc Garneau Roberta Bondar Chris Hadfield Julie Payette Steve MacLean Robert Thirsk Marc Garneau became the first Canadian in space on October 5, 1984. He was an astronaut for 15 years and went on 3 missions to space and has been in space for a total of 29 days. He was selected out of 4000 other people to become an astronaut. He was President of the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) from 2001 to 2005. He resigned as President of the Canadian Space Agency in 2006 to run for the Liberal Party of Canada. He was elected as a member of Parliament in 2008. Marc Garneau is one of the most well known and respected Canadian astronauts. Roberta Bondar is the first Canadian female astronaut and first neurologist in space. She was first launched on January 22, 1992. She spent over 8 days in space in total. She was part of NASA's Earth Observation Team. She was considered a medical doctor, scientist, photographer, astronaut, an author, and she is recognized for her contribution to medicine research in space. Julie Payette's first space mission was in 1999 and she was the first Canadian to board the International Space Station (ISS). When she met Bob Thirsk on the International Space Station, it was the first time two Canadians were in space together. She has operated the Canadarm. She has been a Canadian astronaut since 1992 and has been on 2 space flights and spent over 25 days in space. Chris Hadfield was the first Canadian to walk in space (spacewalk). He has been on 2 space shuttle missions and is currently in space. He was NASA's lead capsule communicator for both space shuttle and International Space Station expeditions. He was assigned by the canadian space agency to the NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. There he addressed technical and safety issues for shuttle operations development and contributed to the development of the glass shuttle cockpit . Steve MacLean was the second Canadian to spacewalk after Chris Hadfield. He was the chief science advisor of the International Space Station from 1993 to 1994. He has spent over 21 days in space and in total went on 2 space missions. He is also a laser physicist. To add to his list of accomplishments, he was also the advanced space vision system program manager from 1987 to 1993 and was president of the Canadian Space Agency. Robert Thirsk is a Canadian engineer and physician. He holds the records for the longest Canadian space flight 187 days and 20 hours, and the most time spent in space space 204 days and 18 hours. The Lieutenant-governer of British Columbia named him to the order of British Columbia in 2012. He became an astronaut in February of 1984 and served as a backup payload specialist to Mark Garneau. He is usually involved with various projects involving space medicine. Bjarni Tryggvason Bjarni Tryggvason was an astronaut and an engineer. Bjarni has worked for the Canadian Space Agency for 25 years. During August 1997, Bjarni was a specialist on the Space Shuttle Discovery. This was a 12 day mission in which Bjarni had to experiment with the changes in the Earth's Atmosphere. In 1998, he took part in the NASA Mission Specialist Training. He is still an active CSA astronaut and then started teaching at the University of Western Ontario. Dafydd Williams Overall, Canadian astronauts have had a great number of contributions to space. They have flown on 13 NASA missions, each with around 5-10 astronauts. Here are the astronauts we chose to research: Dafydd Williams is a Canadian astronaut and he was the third Canadian to walk in space (spacewalk). He was also the first non-American to be in a senior position at NASA. He has been on two space flights and spent over 28 days in space. In 2008, he retired from being an active astronaut. He is a Canadian physician (medical doctor). Jeremy Hansen Jeremy is a current Canadain Astronaut and is the most recent member of the Canadain Space Agency. He is well known by his flight career backround and this is why he was selected to work in the CSA. In 2009, he was selected as one of the two members of the Canadain Astronaut Selection. He has also flew to the ISS in 2008. Thanks for watching and we hope you learned somethings about Canadian astronautsFull transcript