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High school named for astronaut Marc Garneau

The Story

"The first thing you have to do is destroy all preconceived notions about what is up and what is down," Garneau tells a gymnasium full of high-school students. But these aren't just any students. They attend the only high school in Canada dedicated to helping students with careers in the space sciences. As of today the school will carry the name of Canada's first astronaut. His advice? Be a team player, stay healthy, and get lots of education. Marc Garneau Collegiate Institute is born during a strange time for space exploration. The Challenger shuttle disaster still haunts everyone, and space ventures are temporarily on hold. But Garneau is steadfast in his dedication, and events like this one give him the chance to share his extraordinary experiences and communicate the importance of keeping the adventure alive.

Medium: Television
Broadcast Date: Oct. 16, 1987
Reporter: Stu Paterson
Duration: 2:09

Did You know?

• Between 1984 and 1996 Garneau was largely a 'desk' astronaut. He did a great deal of preparation for other people's flights. For many of these years he didn't think he would get the opportunity to fly again, though he very much wanted to.
• In 1987 he said, "There's not much chance, actually the probability is about zero, that I will ever go up again." His luck changed in 1992 when NASA invited him to be a mission specialist. Garneau accepted and moved to Houston.

• Garneau says he drew great inspiration from his teachers. They gave him confidence and made him feel capable of doing whatever he put his mind to. "If you're lucky enough to have a handful of really fantastic teachers," says Garneau, "You're really a lucky person."
• In 1989 Garneau was named Deputy Director of the Canadian Astronaut Program. In this position he would provide technical and program support for the preparation of space experiments on future Canadian missions.



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