OTTAWA, Ontario – Neurologist, astronaut, wildlife photographer, non-profit founder, public speaker, inspiring for innumerable children for a generation. Is there anything Roberta Bondar can not do?
The first Canadian women's astronaut in the space appeared on Tuesday (January 22) in front of 500 casual children at the Science and Technology Museum of Canada here in Ottawa.
Yesterday, it was already a special day in the life story of Bondar, the 27th anniversary of its STS-42 shuttle arrow in 1992, but it became more exclusive when Bondar and Canadian astronaut Jenni Sidey-Gibbons spoke live to David Saint-Jacques, a Canadian astronaut in a half-year mission at the International Space Station. [Happy New Year from Space! Astronauts Ring in 2019 from Orbit]
The year 2019 also marks the 35th anniversary of Canada to send astronauts to the space, which is officially celebrated in October during the anniversary of the founding flight of Marc Garneau.
"We have very few opportunities to put the human being in space," said Bondar at Space.com. "Obviously, we want to have more opportunities for women, because there have been many men who went to the space and in multiple trips, and not so much for women. But I'm hoping that someone like Jenni will go to the moon and being the first Canadian on the moon, that would be wonderful. "
The two anniversaries were weighted with Sidey-Gibbons, which was hired by the Canadian Space Agency in 2017 (along with Joshua Kutryk) and is the last year in the formation of its candidates to the astronaut. His Canadian astronauta teammate Jeremy Hansen is overseeing the 2017 astronaut's train schedules, including NASA astronauts.
"It's just such an interesting time to be involved in the space, but beyond that, if you think about the lineage and history of Canada as a nation of space, it is incredible, "Spacey told Sidey-Gibbons. "Even talking about this now, I have a drop of dog on what the space can do and the opportunities that we have ahead will also be quite prominent. I mean that the commercial crew vehicles arrive online , we hope that this year they will have manned missions, and perhaps returning to the moon. How exciting would it be for Canada? "
Bondar once again drives science to 73 years, a time when many people settle for retirement. A few times in the year, Bondar flies to remote areas of Kenya, Florida and other places to document migratory bird populations. (Its foundation nickname its #RoBIRDa on Twitter.) As Bondar makes photos of these birds on Earth, Saint-Jacques will document their migratory paths in orbit, in an association supervised by the Foundation Roberta Bondar.
The objective of the research program is to look at the birds as they travel from breeding sites, along the migratory routes of flight and to the regions they pass during the livestock season. Many of these roads are threatened, as ecosystems are vulnerable to climate change, human construction and other issues. The images of the ground and the space will be integrated together into a traveling exhibition that will be published sometime after the return of the space of Saint-Jacques at the end of this year.
A year of milestone
When Bondar flew to the space in 1992, the air was thick with landmarks in Canada. It was the 125th year of the first colonies in the country that joined a federal state (precursor of modern Canada). It was the year for two Canadians (Bondar and Steve MacLean) who go to the space. The Canadian Space Agency opened its new headquarters this year. In addition, Canada accepted four new astronauts in their space program, including Chris Hadfield (who later commanded the International Space Station) and Julie Payette (a two-time flyer who became the chief of # 39, state of Canada, the governor-general).
Bondar visited the museum here at the end of June 1992 to open his new exhibition Canada in Space, in fact, my parents took me out of the school to see it. Walking around the exhibition was how to see who's who from Canada came to space. It featured several models of the robotic arm of Canadarm, a platform for simulated load of shuttle, models of Canadian satellites and rockets and tons of interesting interactive screens (such as rocket sites that were illuminated with just a button touch ).
Also international partners were shown. The 1992 exhibition included the real Apollo 7 spacecraft that entered the space in 1968 to prepare NASA for future moon missions. (It was borrowed from the Smithsonian, and since 2004 has resided at the Frontiers of Flight Museum in Dallas). There was also a huge Rand McNally Earth globe just at the entrance to the exhibition, under models of spacecraft and a "Star Trek" Enterprise. There were balloons like this in various museums, the staff told me.
The memories of the exhibition and the crowd in 1992 still resonated with Bondar decades later. "The idea of people who greeted me when I came back from space, to the old building, was really tremendous. And now we have a new building and new astronauts," said Bondar.
Today, the exhibition can not be seen: it was dismantled during a two-year museum stop to eliminate asbestos and update the exhibits, but there are still some mention of the space flight between the exhibitions of the new building An area celebrates the science of the largest and the smallest, and includes microscopes and telescopes to show the scale of nature and as we observe.
There is also a growing spatial presence in another museum of the same organization a few minutes by car, at the Canadian Aviation and Space Museum. Nowadays, visitors can see a Canadian robotic arm of real life (there are no humidifying and light models for this generation of children), among other space-flying devices. In February, a new exhibition will celebrate the role of medicine in space.
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