Dr. Roberta Bondar

First Canadian Woman in Space

Roberta Bondar is a native of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario who became the first Canadian woman in space on January 22, 1992. She served aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery on Mission STS-42.

The Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre is proud to host an exclusive exhibit and share her achievement with our visitors.

The artifacts from her voyage that are on display include the special gear she had to wear in order to conduct a back pain experiment on the first flight of the International Microgravity Laboratory (IML-1). The exhibit also features two personal items that she was allowed to bring into space: an RCAF flag, and her “Flying Ferret” T-Shirt that can be seen in many of the photos taken aboard the Discovery.

Discovery successfully landed back on earth on January 30, 1992.  After eight days in space, Roberta Bondar had fulfilled a lifelong dream and become a local and national treasure.

You can learn more about Dr. Roberta Bondar by visiting her exhibit at the Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre or her official website.