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Transcript of Roberta Bondar
Roberta Lynn Bondar (born December 4th 1945: Saint Ste Marie) was a Canadian neurologist, researcher and astronaut. She was the first Canadian woman neurologist and astronaut to travel through space. Right now, she is 68 years old!
As a child, Roberta loved Science. She often used to do experiments in her basement. Roberta studied Neurobiology in high school and university. She received:
-Bsc in Zoology and agriculture
-MSc in Experimental Pathology
-PhD in Neurobiology
-MD from McMaster University
-Internship in Internal Medicine
As she finished her education, Roberta Bondar became a neurologist and researcher of the nervous system.
As she was a teenager, and as she was studying Science, Roberta Bondar developed an interest in photography. Of course she was interested in Science, but photography was also a big part of her life. Bondar was most interested in taking pictures of earth's natural scenes. In fact, she used some of her photos for her books (See subtitle "Books")
You might be wondering: What inspired or made Roberta Bondar become an astronaut?" When Bondar was only eight years old, it was the most exciting thing she could imagine. Roberta Bondar began astronaut training in 1984 at NASA. In 1985, Roberta Bondar became the chairperson of the CLSS (Canadian Life Science Subcommittee) for the space station. In 1990, she became a Payload Specialist, which is a person, particularly an astronaut, who does research on living organisms in space, for the IML (International Microgravity Lab). Roberta Bondar flew on the NASA Space Shuttle Discovery during mission STS-42, January 22nd-30th 1992. During this mission, many Scientific experiments were done, focusing on the adaptability of the nervous system in low gravity. They also tested the effects of "Microgravity" on the other organisms, like shrimp eggs, fruit fly eggs, and bacteria.
Roberta Bondar and her crew launched for their mission at 2:52 p.m. on January 22nd 1992. This mission took 8 days, 1 hour, 15 minutes, and 43 seconds. They landed back on earth at 4:08 p.m. on January 30th 1992. After her successful landing, Roberta Bondar and her crew looked over the data from 24 other space missions to better understand the body's ability to recover from exposure to space.
Time in Space
Roberta Bondar was a Scientist, Doctor, Astronaut and a photographer. But did you know she was also an author? Some of her books are:
- Landscape of Dreams
- Passionate Vision: Discovering Canada's National Parks
- The Arid Edge of Earth and
- Touching the Earth
mostly based on her space experience.
In September 1992, Roberta Bondar left the CSA (Canadian Space Agency) to use more time for her research interests. Her accomplishments brought her several awards. She became an Officer of the order of Canada as Canada's highest Civilian honour. In 2003, Bondar was made chancellor of Trent University. She inspired people so much, she even has a school named after her!
In conclusion, Roberta Bondar is a Canadian Hero still recognized today.
What She did in the Future
Thank you for listening/viewing my Report on Roberta Bondar! I hope you've learned a lot of information about her :)
Roberta Bondar's Books