1999: Julie Payette's historic voyage to space
Payette's family and other Canadians, including many school children, have gathered at Cape Canaveral, Fla. to show their support and watch the historic liftoff. In this CBC-TV clip, they share their enthusiasm and curiosity about the mission and revere Payette for inspiring a younger generation of Canadians to explore "the wonders of the world beyond."
• In 1992, after receiving 5,330 applications, the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) chose Payette and three others to become astronauts. During her training, Payette learned Russian, obtained her commercial pilot's license and military pilot captaincy, and logged 120 hours aboard a reduced gravity aircraft.
• In 1996, she was accepted into the NASA Astronaut Candidate Training. After completing the two-year program, Payette worked on space robotics for the NASA Astronaut Office.
• The STS-96 mission travelled more than six million kilometres in nine days, 19 hours and 13 minutes.
• Payette is also a classically trained musician and has performed with Montreal's Orchestre symphonique, the Piacere Vocale in Basel, Switzerland, and Toronto's Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra.
Program: The National
Broadcast Date: May 27, 1999
Host: Peter Mansbridge
Reporter: Anna Maria Tremonti
Last updated: January 31, 2012
Page consulted on March 20, 2013
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