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Dr. Roberta Bondar: Canada’s First Female Astronaut in Space


Catalogue Number:  CTV896
Producer:  CTV
Subject:  Astronomy, Biography, Canadian History, Canadian Social Studies, Character Education, Citizenship Education, Environmental Studies, Family Studies/Home Economics, Guidance, History, Physics, Science, Social Sciences, Social Studies, Tech/Voc, Women's Studies
Language:  English
Grade Level:  6 - 8, 9 - 12, Post Secondary, Adult
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  2022
Running Time:  15:32


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For years, Dr. Roberta Bondar studied life on Earth. She had trained in the fields of ecology and zoology, spent time as a summer student working with insects and always went camping with her parents growing up. But it wasn't until her journey into space 30 years ago — becoming the first Canadian woman and neurologist to do so — that her view of our planet truly changed.

In this one-on-one interview with CTV News Chief Anchor Lisa Laflamme, Bondar marks the 30th anniversary of her 8-day mission aboard Space Shuttle Discovery in 1992. As part of her work, Bondar led an international research team that explored how the body can best adapt during and after space flight. From a scientific viewpoint, the things Bondar thought about decades ago, namely how space may shift fluids in the body and into the head causing pressure to build up, are now being studied.

Since her return to Earth, Bondar has made a name for herself as a photographer, author and speaker. She has been recognized with the Companion of the Order of Canada, the Order of Ontario, NASA Space Medal, is a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, an honorary vice-president of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, and been inducted into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame and International Women's Forum Hall of Fame.

A wonderful inspirational story for those interested in exploring science and beyond. As for what advice she would give young girls and boys today, particularly during a time of a global pandemic and the ever-present issue of climate change, Bondar says it's about combatting fear, no matter what you choose to do. "Arts helps us create and express ourselves," she said. "Science also helps us develop certain skill sets, but it does diminish the fear factor."


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