It was impossible to share in my previous blog entry everything about Dr. David Kendall that makes him a superb choice as Chair of the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space. Besides being a well-regarded leader, Dave also has a sense of humour. Throughout our careers in space, Dave and I have attended […]
Another University of Calgary alumnus has done us proud. Dr. David Kendall MSc’72, PhD’79 was recently appointed by the United Nations as incoming Chair of the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS). This is a big deal – the first time that a Canadian has held such a position. The Committee […]
Last Thursday, three astronauts aboard the ISS took emergency shelter in their Soyuz vehicle over concerns that a piece of orbital debris would pass alarmingly close to the Station.
My Russian cosmonaut friend Gennady Padalka just achieved an impressive career milestone. Today Gennady broke the record for total time in space – 804 days. Mind blowing. And a significant landmark in human spaceflight. I trained with Gennady for several years and then flew with him in 2009 aboard the International Space Station. He was […]
I was in Athens, Ohio last week participating in International Space University (ISU). Ohio University is hosting ISU’s Space Studies Program for nine weeks this summer. 101 young professionals from 35 different countries are in attendance and learning about space across theme areas that include sciences; engineering; applications; policy, economics and law; management and business; human […]
I was in Hamilton, Ontario today to help my colleague Dr. Bonnie Schmidt with an important funding announcement for her organization Let’s Talk Science. Bonnie and I are kindred spirits in that we both advocate for enhanced STEM skills in Canada. Let’s Talk Science is a national organization that engages youth in science, technology, engineering and […]
I read that Leonard Nimoy died yesterday. How sad. He was a great actor and person. The media today is full of stories of Nimoy’s death and of his life achievements. Nimoy’s passing caused me to reflect on the Star Trek TV and movie series. I am a great fan and have always been enamored […]
Today I had the pleasure to participate in a Town Hall meeting on campus. The topic of the meeting was the University of Calgary’s ‘New Earth-Space Technologies’ Research Strategy. New Earth-Space Technologies is quite a mouthful to say so I was amused that the meeting attendees had already developed their own acronym for the topic: […]
Our guest blogger today is Dr. Ozzy Mermut. Ozzy is the Program Manager of Biophotonics at the Institut National d’Optique (INO) in Quebec City and Associate Professor at Laval University.
For the last 28 years I served as an astronaut of the Canadian Space Agency and was privileged to fly twice in space. I have a lifetime of wonderful memories of both of those missions and long-lasting friendships with my crew mates.