It was on this date in 1992 that the entire city was abuzz about one of our own. On January 22, 1992 Dr. Roberta Bondar was the first Canadian female astronaut to make it to space.
Bondar was a Sault Ste. Marie native, attended high school at Sir James Dunn. Bondar graduated from Sir James Dunn High School in Sault Ste. Marie Ontario, and holds a Bachelor of Science in zooology and agriculture from the University of Guelph (1968), a Master of Science in experimental pathology from the University of Western Ontario (1971), a Doctor of Philosophy in neauroscience from the University of Toronto (1974), and a Doctor of Medicine from McMaster University (1977)
Bondar was also the second Canadian to make it out to Space , and the first neurologist in space. She flew aboard space shuttle Discovery, the only Canadian and woman of the seven crew members of NASA Mission STS-42.
Bondar was part of an 8 day mission aboard the Discovery . When she returned to earth and the Sault, The streets were lined from the airport to the civic centre welcoming her back with enormous civic pride !
Since then, Dr. Bondar has been recognized with the NASA Spaceflight Medal, and has been inducted into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame. She is a Companion of the Order of Canada, a recipient of the Order of Ontario, and a Specially Elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. She has received 24 honorary doctorates from Canadian and American universities and is featured on a Canadian stamp. She also has a star on Canada’s Walk of Fame.
Local performers The Harmony Sisters wrote and recorded a song to celebrate her achievement , here’s a snippet of that song and video produced way back in 1998.