It was on this day in 1992 that Roberta Bondar became Canada’s first female astronaut.
A Canadian Space Agency Mission Specialist born in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont,, Bondar blasted into space from the Kennedy Space Center on an eight-day flight aboard the shuttle Discovery with six other astronauts.
While in space, Bondar performed life and material-science experiments.
Last year marked the 25th anniversary of the Canadian Space Agency (CSA)—the organization that oversees Canada’s leading-edge space program and fuels the nation’s space industry. The Royal Canadian Mint celebrated the milestone with a unique fine silver coin featuring an achromatic hologram that brings the CSA’s work to life.