Astronaut - The Making of Dreams

Dr. Roberta Bondar

“When I was eight years old to be a spaceman was the most exciting thing I could imagine.”

A childhood dream to be an astronaut was realized when Dr. Roberta Bondar launched from Earth in January 1992 aboard NASA's Space Shuttle Discovery as the first neurologist in space and Canada's first female astronaut. Representing the international scientific community, she conducted over forty advanced experiments for fourteen nations.

Back on Earth, Dr. Bondar and her team of researchers examined data obtained from astronauts on 24 space missions to better understand the mechanisms underlying the body's ability to recover from exposure to space.

Mission Facts

STS-42 Space Shuttle Discovery
January 22-30, 1992

14th flight of Space Shuttle Discovery, International crew, Experiments on the International Microgravity Laboratory (IML-1)

(Universal Time)
January 22, 1992, 14h 52m 33s
Cape Canaveral, Launch Complex 39-A
Payload mass:
28,602 lbs (13 001 kg)
Duration of flight:
8d 01h 15m 43s
3,360 million miles (5,407 million km)
Revolutions around Earth:
Landing date:
(wheel stop, Universal Time)
January 30, 1992, 16h 08m 16s
Runway 22, Edwards Air Force Base, California
Orbital parameters:
inclination: 57 degrees
period: 90.5 minutes
perigree: 180.8 miles (291 km)
apogee: 190 miles (307 km)
Ronald J. Grabe
Stephen S. Oswald
David C. Hilmers
Norman E. Thagard
William F. Readdy
Roberta L. Bondar
Ulf D. Merbold

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Life in Space

Students and educators! Want more information on spaceflight? Check out these websites:

NASA- Day in the Life on the International Space Station

Canadian Space Agency - Living in Space

European Space Agency - ESA Kids Life in Space

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