Bondar Canada’s first woman astronaut

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.

140443_rev-570Last 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.



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