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Canadian space program

Canada has contributed expertise and personnel to the world space effort, especially in collaboration with NASA.

Eight Canadians have participated on 11 NASA missions to date:

Name Shuttle Mission Launch Date Notes
Marc Garneau Challenger STS-41-G[?] October 5, 1984 First Canadian in space
Roberta Bondar Discovery STS-42[?] January 22, 1992 First Canadian woman in space
Steven G. MacLean[?] Columbia STS-52[?] October 22, 1992
Chris Hadfield Atlantis STS-74[?] November 12, 1995
Marc Garneau Endeavour STS-77[?] May 19, 1996
Robert Thirsk[?] Columbia STS-78[?] June 20, 1996
Bjarni Tryggvason[?] Discovery STS-85[?] August 7, 1997
Dafydd Rhys Williams[?] Columbia STS-90[?] April 17, 1998
Julie Payette[?] Discovery STS-96[?] May 27, 1999
Marc Garneau Endeavour STS-97[?] November 30, 2000
Chris Hadfield Endeavour STS-100[?] April 19, 2001 First spacewalk by a Canadian

Owing to the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster, two further shuttle flights (Steve MacLean in May 2003 and Dave Williams in November 2003[?]) have been put on hold. Two Canadian experiments were destroyed in the loss of Columbia.

Some aspects of Canada's space experience:

The Canadarm[?]

Canadian satellites:

Canada's space program is administered by the Canadian Space Agency (http://www.space.gc.ca). The current president of the CSA is Marc Garneau.



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