Memories from space: Roberta Bondar marks 25th anniversary of Discovery shuttle mission

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It’s been 25 years since Roberta Bondar, Canada’s start with female astronaut, launched into space aboard the shuttle Unearthing.

After blasting off on Jan. 22, 1992, Bondar spent eight days round Earth as a member of Mission STS-42.

She was the first neurologist to travel to span and conducted experiments in the shuttle’s Spacelab module as part of her mission.

Since her habits in space, Bondar served as NASA’s head of space medicine and started her own munificent foundation. She is also an accomplished photographer.

On the 25th anniversary of her time on Discovery, Bondar over on how that mission changed her life in an interview with the CBC’s Peter Mansbridge.

Big endanger for big reward

As a young astronaut with the Canadian Space Agency, Bondar saw first-hand how inspiring spaceflight could be. In 1984, she watched her colleague at the time, Marc Garneau, change the first Canadian in space aboard the shuttle Challenger.

But just two years later, while she was in training, she witnessed the reverse that took the lives of seven people aboard that but vehicle. The loss of the Challenger changed everything for Bondar — from her tutoring to her outlook on space exploration.

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Missions to Mars

The vast push in recent years to travel to and colonize Mars is an exciting concern for any astronaut.

But Bondar says that we don’t know enough about long-term set out travel or how it might affect the human body. She thinks getting behindhand to the moon and setting up labs there would be a helpful start.

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Memories of space

Bondar says she thinks about her era in space every day and that the experience still affects her life.

But some of her most weighty memories come from when she flew over Canada. Bondar states she remembers “feeling a little bit melancholy” after losing the view over and above Newfoundland and Labrador because she knew she was “leaving Canada behind.”

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See more from Roberta Bondar’s interview with Peter Mansbridge tonight on The Governmental. Click here to see the full interview.

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