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Canadian Astronaut Marc Garneau

Canadian Astronaut Marc Garneau

NASA Johnson Space Center

Updated: 05/08/11

About Marc Garneau:

In 1984 Marc Garneau became the first Canadian in space. During his 15 years as a Canadian astronaut, Marc Garneau flew on three space missions and logged over 677 hours in space. Marc Garneau remained a passionate advocate for space exploration and a strong educator in his role as President of the Canadian Space Agency from 2001 to 2005. Marc Garneau resigned from the Space Agency to run as a Liberal candidate in the 2006 election in which he was defeated. He tried again in the 2008 federal election and won in the Montreal riding of Westmount - Ville-Marie. He was re-elected in 2011.

Marc Garneau Space Missions:

  • Payload Specialist on Space Mission STS-41G - Space Shuttle Challenger - October 5-13, 1984

  • Mission Specialist on Space Mission STS-77 - Space Shuttle Endeavour - May 19-29, 1996

  • Mission Specialist on Space Mission STS-97 - Space Shuttle Endeavour - November 30 - December 11, 2000

Birth:

February 23, 1949 in Quebec City

Education:

  • BSC in Engineering Physics - Royal Military College, Kingston, Ontario

  • PhD in Electrical Engineering - Imperial College of Science and Technology, London, England

  • Canadian Forces Command and Staff College - Toronto, Ontario

Professions:

  • Engineer

  • Naval officer

  • Astronaut

  • President of the Canadian Space Agency

Naval Career of Marc Garneau:

  • Marc Garneau began his navy career in 1974.

  • As an electrical engineer in the Navy, Marc Garneau worked on naval communications and combat systems.

  • Marc Garneau was promoted to the rank of Commander in 1982.

  • In 1984, he was seconded from the Navy to begin training as an astronaut.

  • Marc Garneau was promoted to Captain in 1986.

  • He retired from the Navy in 1989.

Marc Garneau the Astronaut:

  • In 1983, Marc Garneau was one of six Canadians chosen to be the first Canadian astronauts.

  • Marc Garneau became the first Canadian in space when he flew as a payload specialist on the Challenger space shuttle in 1984.

  • In 1996, Marc Garneau flew as a mission specialist on the space shuttle Endeavour.

  • On his third space mission in 2000, Marc Garneau was a mission specialist and flight engineer on the Endeavour as it provided new power supplies to the International Space Station.

Marc Garneau, Space Agency Executive:

  • Marc Garneau was appointed executive vice-president of the Canadian Space Agency early in 2001.

  • Later in 2001 Marc Garneau became president of the Canadian Space Agency.

  • Marc Garneau resigned from the Canadian Space Agency in 2005 to run as a Liberal candidate in the 2006 general election.

Marc Garneau, Politician:

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