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Marc Garneau looks back twenty years later

His bravery is inspiring, his grace is charming and his credentials are out of this world. In 1984 Marc Garneau became the first Canadian to fly on a NASA mission to space. During his 15 years as an astronaut, Garneau flew three times and made countless contributions to the Canadian space program, eventually becoming its president. On the ground or in the air, Garneau has been a passionate educator and trailblazer for space exploration.

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In a downtown Vancouver hotel, Marc Garneau reminisces with CBC's Shelagh Rogers about his historic trip that was literally out of this world. Time has changed his hair from black to white, but as he listens to an old CBC report recounting his journey to space, Garneau still sounds awestruck by the experience. As the president of the Canadian Space Agency, Garneau remains as passionate about space as he did when he became the first Canadian in space 20 years ago.
 
• Marc Garneau became the executive vice president of the Canadian Space Agency in February 2001. He was subsequently appointed the agency's president in November 2001.

• Garneau was named an officer of the Order of Canada in 1984. He was promoted to a companion of the Order of Canada in 2003.
Medium: Radio
Program: Sounds Like Canada
Broadcast Date: Oct. 5, 2004
Guest(s): Marc Garneau
Host: Shelagh Rogers
Duration: 22:13

Last updated: March 30, 2012

Page consulted on September 10, 2014

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