First Female Canadian Space Traveler Visits Kenora

Posted on Wednesday, June 7, 2017 18:52 PM

It was a moment of awe and inspiration for students in Kenora.

Roberta Bondar the first Canadian Women to ever travel to space stopped in Kenora and spoke to students at both Beaver Brae and Pope John Paul.

Bondar says she has one main message she likes to get across to the students.

"I'm going to be talking about discovery but also talking about our human footprint on the planet, and when we go off to explore Mars we really need to think about the environmental change that we create."

This year is the 25th anniversary of her trip to space where she spent eight days aboard a craft with her international male colleagues.

She notes it doesn't feel like it has been that long.

"I talk about it quite often and I reflect on it a lot. My reflections have changed over time and some of the important things, some of them sort of drift off and some of them actually become more entrenched in who I am and what I am trying to do."

When asked about what it is like up is space Bondar said it's not comparable to what you see on TV.

"Space flight has huge challenges and huge upsides. Challenges are anywhere from using a pen and putting it down and it floats away, to trying to get your favorite foods when there is no refrigerator. The good news is you look out the window and you see the planet and it's really quire extraordinary, to look see the geography that you see one maps come to life."

She was also talking to students about a new challenge she is putting forward called the Ontario 150 Bondar Challenge.

The challenge asks students to take photos of the natural environment that will have an impact 100 years from now.