By John Melady
Marc Garneau, Roberta Bondar, Julie Payette, Robert Thirsk, Chris Hadfield, and extra lately, man Lalibertthe founding father of Cirque de Soleil, all have something in universal: theyre a few of the only a few Canadians who've been in space.
The release of a spaceship is very interesting. Thats why millions of individuals come to observe. They snicker, cheer, and applaud because the rocket rises. They see the smoke, steam, and white-hot hearth as thousands of litres of gasoline burn in seconds. They consider the chest-thumping influence of the sound. Then they stare upward for a very long time till they could now not see even a tiny speck within the far-off sky. through that point, the craft is in house. Canadas astronauts come from around the kingdom: from farms, towns, and little towns.
They went to massive colleges and to small ones. Maple Leaf in area showcases those notable Canadians who've ventured off our planet and provides a number of the thrill of what thats like.
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After a time, he went to England and studied electrical engineering at the Imperial College of Science and Technology. This school is situated in London, one of the most fascinating cities in the world. D. degree. From them on he could be addressed as “Dr. Garneau,” along with his rank in the navy. Two years before he became an astronaut, that rank was “commander,” and it was earned after several navy assignments in Halifax, Ottawa, and elsewhere. During the time that Commander Garneau was advancing in his navy career, other Canadians were working closely with an organization in the United States called the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, or NASA, to build a futuristic crane for a new spaceship the Americans were developing.
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Maple Leaf in Space. Canada's Astronauts by John Melady