Astronaut Roberta Bondar in 1992
Launching aboard the space shuttle Discovery on January 22, 1992, Roberta Bondar became the first Canadian astronaut to travel into space. The Ontario neurobiologist spent eight days there doing scientific and medical experiments. Discover the training and mission of this Canadian pioneer in the archives.
Roberta Lynn Bondar's aerospace adventure began in December 1983.
The Ontario-born scientist is selected, along with five others, by the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) to train the first cohort of astronauts.
She recounts her reaction in hearing the news from journalist Jean-Pierre Rogel for the special program Discovery and astronaut Roberta Bondar of January 22, 1992.
Report by journalist Jean-Pierre Rogel who paints a portrait of Canadian astronaut Roberta Bondar.
The choice was made from among nearly 4,300 candidates. The dream she cherished since childhood to go into space is finally getting closer to reality.
In February 1984, her astronaut training began .
The neurologist and doctor proves herself and the ASC chooses her to participate in the scientific mission of Discovery.
Two years are initially planned for the preparation, but the explosion of the Challenger space shuttle on January 26, 1986 put a first brake on the mission.
This was postponed several more times. Finally, six years passed before take-off.
During this time, Roberta Bondar completed more than 2000 hours of training.
Those who love to study must not only “know the limits of resistance to unusual situations”, but also learn to handle the instruments and devices of the shuttle.
The journalist Réal d'Amours returns to this rigorous and sometimes repetitive training in a later report. 28_10_32_00_ARCHIVESWEB_0001_01.jpeg” media=”(min-width: 0px) and (max-width: 99999px)”/>
Report by journalist Réal d'Amours which shows Roberta Bondar training in preparation for the space mission Discovery.
The moment for which she has been so prepared finally arrives on January 22 1992.
The night was short before liftoff, the lunch was frugal, but the excitement was palpable as the astronauts made their way to the walkway leading to the shuttle.
Departing from Cape Canaveral nearly an hour late, Discovery left Earth without a hitch, much to the relief of NASA controllers.
At 9:52 a.m., Roberta Bondar, then elderly 46-year-old becomes the first Canadian to fly into space.
A busy mission awaits the astronaut team: 42 scientific and medical experiments are originally planned. In fact, no less than 55 will be made.
Journalist Réal d'Amours follows the astronauts in the hours leading up to the launch of the shuttle on the Édition Magazine program of January 22, 1992.
Report by journalist Réal d'Amours on the launch of the space shuttle Discovery and the explanation of the mission.
The The eight-day STS-42 mission was a real success, so Discovery's return was postponed for a day so the astronauts could continue their experiments. Finally, on January 30, 1992, the shuttle returned to Earth.
A few months later, on August 27, Roberta Bondar announced her decision to leave the Canadian Space Agency.< /p>
Only one other Canadian will follow in her footsteps: astronaut Julie Payette.
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