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Marc Garneau

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Marc Garneau

Marc Garneau (born February 23, 1949) was the first Canadian in space. He has taken part in three flights aboard NASA shuttles. He is the current president of the Canadian Space Agency.

He was born in Quebec City. He was educated in Quebec and in London, England. He gained a degree in engineering physics at the Royal Military College of Canada in 1970 and a doctorate from Imperial College, London in 1973.

He joined the Canadian Navy in 1974 to work as an engineer. He first served as a systems engineer aboard the HMCS Algonquin until 1976. From there he went as an instructor to the Canadian Forces Fleet School in Halifax. He worked with the Naval Engineering Unit and in 1982 he was promoted to commander.

In 1984 he was seconded to the new Canadian Astronaut Program (CAP), one of six chosen from 4,000 applicants. He flew on the shuttle Challenger, STS-41-G from October 5 to 13, 1984 as payload specialist. He was promoted to captain in 1986 and left the Navy in 1989 to become deputy director of the CAP. In 1992-93 he underwent further training to become a mission specialist. He worked as CAPCOM for a number of shuttle flights and was on two further flights himself - STS-77 (May 19 to 29, 1996) and STS-97 (to the ISS, November 30 to December 11, 2000). He has logged almost 678 hours in space. He is now retired as an astronaut.

In February 2001 he was appointed executive vice-president of the Canadian Space Agency, and became its president in November of the same year. Dr. Marc Garneau was installed as the ninth chancellor of Carleton University in 2003.

In August 2003, Capt. Garneau was made a Companion of the Order of Canada, Canada's highest honour. He is also honoured with a high school named after him in Toronto [1] (http://www.tdsb.on.ca/scripts/Schoolasp.asp?schno=1950).

In late 2003/early 2004, speculation has arisen that he will be named the next Governor General of Canada.

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