Canadians in Space: The Forever Frontier
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In 1984, Marc Garneau became Canadas first astronaut and a national hero. Since then, seven of his fellow citizens have followed in his footsteps, many more than once. This book was written as a twenty-fifth anniversary tribute to these brave men and women who defied tremendous odds, risked their lives, and soared from Earth on sheets of flame.
husband’s work. Over the years, the times away have been an accepted part of his job. But in the lead up to launch, the job is extremely time-consuming and time on the job is critical. This was particularly true because of the inclusion of a prototype for the Space Vision System (SVS) on this flight. Testing the SVS was MacLean’s primary role on the mission, even though there were several other experiments that he had to do as well. The Space Vision System is uniquely Canadian and it “links
nervous system. The sooner the five could be studied, the more reliable the examinations and the results of them would be. In all, the group would spend six hours being checked over before the initial round of tests were completed. Then the fliers would have real reunions with family members; not just the greetings permitted as the medical examinations were about to begin. Because the day of the landing — Sunday, May 3 — was a special one for Dave Williams and his wife, both were particularly
concerning such a project was not out of place when it was made, the timing was just off. But at the time of STS-97 all was well. As the Endeavour sped through space, periodic firings of the shuttle’s jet thrusters lined the ship up for the anticipated link-up with the ISS, in two days time. In the meantime, the cargo bay doors were opened, the Canadarm was checked, and the space vision system was tested to ensure that all would be ready to go as soon as they were needed. Meanwhile, the three
the first days in space, there were plenty of tasks at hand, and the spacewalkers had their work cut out for them. On their first spacewalk, Rick Mastracchio and Dave Williams installed a two ton, eleven-foot-long device called a spacer. It was attached to the station’s truss, or central “backbone,” and once in place meant that the truss itself was now 246 feet long. By way of comparison, the ice surface of a professional hockey rink is two hundred feet long. However, this great construction
to cancel all further servicing missions to Hubble. Safety guidelines following the Columbia tragedy were cited as the primary basis for this decision.”2 However, NASA officials were finally convinced that one last mission should be attempted, despite the risks involved. Drew Feustel has Canadian/ American citizenship, and a doctorate in geological sciences specializing in seismology, from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. His first mission in space involved a dangerous mission to