Roberta Bondar selected as Sault’s Canada 150 ambassador


roberta-homepageDr. Roberta Bondar has been selected as Sault Ste. Marie’s ambassador for the Canada 150 celebrations.

On January 22, 1992 she became the first woman in space.

A short background on her:

Aboard NASA’s space shuttle Discovery as the first neurologist in space and Canada’s first woman astronaut she was a payload specialist and she conducted over forty advanced scientific experiments for fourteen nations.

Back on Earth, Dr. Bondar and her team of researchers examined data obtained from astronauts on 24 space missions to better understand the mechanisms underlying the body’s ability to recover from exposure to space.

Following more than a decade as NASA’s head of space medicine, Bondar became a consultant and speaker in the business, scientific, and medical communities.

Bondar has received many honours including the Order of Canada, the Order of Ontario, the NASA Space Medal, over 22 honorary degrees and induction into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame.