The Making of Dreams

“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 woman astronaut. As a payload specialist she conducted over forty advanced scientific 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.



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Mission Facts


14th flight of space shuttle Discovery, International crew, Experiments on the International Microgravity Labratory IML-1


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


Launch: (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: 129
Landing date: (wheel stop, Universal Time)
January 30, 1992, 16h 08m 16s
Landing: 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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