Marc Garneau

Marc Garneau

Dr. Marc Garneau, veteran astronaut, has logged 677 hours in space since he took his first flight, as a payload specialist, aboard a NASA shuttle mission in 1984 (thus making him Canada’s first person in space). He has returned to the final frontier, as a mission specialist, twice since then: once in 1996 and again as the flight engineer aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour in December of 2000. During this trip, Garneau announced that the six-day mission would be his last space voyage. He immediately took on executive level responsibilities at the Canadian Space Agency, and, last fall, was named the new President of the CSA.

Garneau was born in Quebec City and received a B.Sc. in engineering physics from the Royal Military College. He continued his studies at the Imperial College of Science and Technology in London, England, receiving his Ph.D in electrical engineering in 1973. Garneau has a plethora of awards and accolades under his belt, and is a recipient of the NASA Exceptional Service Medal (1997) as well as two NASA Space Flight Medals (1996, 1984).


Marc Garneau - What It's Like To Be In Space

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