Saturday, January 22, 2022 at 6:00 pm EST - 8:00 pm EST
Join us to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the first female Canadian astronaut and world’s first neurologist in space – Dr. Roberta Bondar
About this event
Celebrate the spaceflight that inspired a nation and a foundation
As she circled Earth129 times aboard Space Shuttle Discovery, Dr. Roberta Bondar, the first female Canadian astronaut and the world’s first neurologist in space, saw our planet from a different perspective.
It was during that historic flight that Dr. Bondar committed to combine medicine, scientific research and knowledge of the environment to build hope for the future of humanity.
That eight-day journey also inspired a foundation to do just that.
Join us to celebrate this special anniversary of a great Canadian at a virtual evening with Dr. Bondar and a host of great Canadian entertainers, leaders and luminaries.
Dr. Bondar will share comments on her views since space and her explorations on Earth that have followed.
Proceeds will support the programs of the Roberta Bondar Foundation.
Guests will also be first to learn of a new way to connect with like-minded people in the future!
Saturday, January 22, 2022 – VIP discussion & Q&A with Roberta at 6 p.m. to be followed by the Main event from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. EST.
Dr. Bondar’s Work and Legacy
Dr. Bondar’s commitments and passions are creating a lasting legacy.
As part of a seven-member crew aboard NASA’s Space Shuttle Discovery, she conducted dozens of experiments for more than 13 countries in the first microgravity laboratory, a precursor to the International Space Station. This science, which continues to help astronauts survive longer flights, has applications on Earth to improve the treatment of many human diseases and was featured in the IMAX movie, Destiny in Space.
When she returned to Earth, Dr. Bondar headed an international research team partnering with NASA to study the effects of spaceflight on the human body and continued her investigations of cerebral blood flow velocity during weightlessness.
She has published several bestselling books featuring Canada’s National Parks and other ecological significant environments. Her photographs are featured in national and international galleries, corporate and institutional collections and individual homes. She is globally recognized for her pioneering contribution to space medicine research.
Through the Roberta Bondar Foundation, she connects people to the natural world, inspiring curiosity, respect for and conservation of the environment while building healthier lives.
For example, the Bondar Challenge uses the art of photography to engage young people in the natural world and make the connection to their health and well-being. Schools and camps deliver this innovative program to more than 3,500 young people each year in person and now online. This program is also part of EcoSchools Canada accreditation process.
The Travelling Exhibition and Learning Experience features Bondar Challenge winners and their art alongside Dr. Bondar’s photographs of biodiversity and by extension highlighting ecologically sensitive areas across the world. These interactive exhibitions travel in partnership with community galleries, museums and science centres across the country and have attracted over 400,000 attendees.
The current research and educational program for which Dr. Bondar is Principal Investigator, focuses on a blending of art and science to illustrate and document the migratory paths of several threatened or endangered species of birds. In partnership with NASA, the Canadian Space Agency and other international partners this ambitious initiative will highlight both human and natural impacts of climate change on habitat that threatens these life forms. Publications from this work are under development including images from land, air and space – a unique contribution to corridor protection.
For more information about the Foundation visit www.therobertabondarfoundation.org
Jan 22, 2022
6:00 pm EST - 8:00 pm EST
Online event - click here to purchase tickets