Roberta Bondar was the first female to
go into space. She was born in Sault St Marie, she earned a Bachelor of science degree in agriculture and zoology from the
university of Guelph. She also has a masters in experimental pathology from the University of Western Ontario. Completing
her studies with a doctorate in neurobiology from the University of Toronto.
In 1983 she was one of the six original Canadian astronauts selected to train at NASA. In 1992 Roberta Bondar was the
first female to go into space on the space shuttle Discovery, as well as the first neurologist in space. For more then 10
years she headed an international medical research team, studying what happens to blood flow and you heart and brain in space.
Roberta and her team studied data obtained from astronauts from 24 missions. Her space research and studies have been used
in clinical studies at Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School.
When returning to Earth she wrote a book called Touching the Earth, where she speaks of her space travels and
her love for this planet. Later in life she studied professional photography, specifically nature. Her photographs lead her
to the national gallery of Canada, where she was asked to participate in their 1997 exhibition “ Beauty of another order:
Science in Photography. Dr. Bondar has been inducted into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame. Recognized with the Order of
Canada, and the NASA space metal. She has been conducted into the International Women’s Forum’s International
hall of Fame. She was also recognized by TIME magazine as one of Canada’s five best explorers. Along with 24 honorary
doctorates from Canadian and American universities.
she is a very important Canadian by representing Canada to its fullest potential, she helped shape Canada’s identity
by being a leader in everything she did. She lead the world to see that any women could do what any man could do just as well
or even better. She helped give hope to many people around the world, that they could prove everyone wrong and forage their
own path in life, and do what they wanted to do no matter how many people told them they couldn’t.