Dr. Roberta Lynn Bondar
Born: December 4, 1945
Place of Birth: Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
Roberta Bondar is not just an astronaut but also a physician, scientist, and photographer.
Bondar's early photography skills were influenced by her father and her uncle.
She has experienced and photographed the beauty of the earth from outer space.
Her university record and successes in science and photography made Roberta Bondar an excellent astronaut candidate.
Speaker Platform states "She used photography to understand disease processes in the retina and optic nerve
and learned about how our visual system processes information."
Bondar was one of the first six Canadians chosen for astronaut training in 1983.
She was on the shuttle Discovery in January, 1992.
After her mission, Roberta Bondar photographed the earth at ground level and wrote a book entitled "Touching the Earth".
One of her recent projects has been photographing the National Parks of Canada.
Bondar promotes physical fitness, environmental issues, and girls to do
mathematics and science.
She has certification in scuba diving, parachuting, and holds a private pilot's license.
Roberta Bondar is an Officer of the Order of Canada and is in the Medical Hall of Fame.
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