23 Years Ago Today


Time sure flies, 23 years ago history was made for for one Sault Ste. Marie female.

It all started 23 years ago today when Sault Ste. Marie native Dr. Roberta Bondar blasted off into space on the Space Shuttle Discovery, making her the first Canadian female astronaut in space. The city was a buzz for several days and the streets were lined with children and adults when she made it back to earth and the Sault.

In 1992, Dr. Roberta Bondar became Canada’s first woman in space when she and six other astronauts blasted off aboard the shuttle “Discovery.” The cargo included slime mould, mouse embryos, and wheat and oat seeds as specimens for scientific experiments. The eight-day mission was a success and the Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.-born neurologist raved about the view from space.

The video was made with a song written locally and performed by “The Harmony Sisters” and produced by SaultOnline’s Craig Huckerby back in 1992.