Is this you? In search of a little girl with modest moon ambitions

By Tara Kimura,


"Would you like to go to the moon?" CBC reporter Walt Lacosta asks a young girl in this charming 1969 interview.

"Yes," she responds without hesitation.

When questioned if she thinks she'll ever make it there, the young girl smiles and responds with a simple "no."

"Why not?" Lacosta asks.

"Because I'm not a boy," she says shyly but definitively.

It was nearly 40 years ago, when American astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins stepped off Apollo 11 and made their historic small step for man, giant leap for mankind. Scores of men and women, including Canada's Roberta Bondar and Julie Payette, have since been launched daringly into the heavens.

With the anniversary upon us, we're wondering whatever happened to the young girl interviewed in this archived video? How did her perceptions about what the future held for boys and girls change and evolve? Where is she now?

We're putting a call out to our readers asking if any of you recognize the girl in this video? If so, help us find her by sending us a tip in the comments section below so that we can interview her again. (*Note – we won't publish information that identifies her without first seeking her permission).

Edited to add - The 1969 report was filmed in Ontario. Also, some readers have suggested this might be Julie Payette. As far as we know, this is not Payette - we are sincerely looking to find the young girl interviewed in this clip.

« Previous Post | Main | Next Post »

This discussion is now Open. Submit your Comment.




That girl's awareness of the limitations she faced is a sad comment on her times. Sadder yet is that she had evidently never been told that a woman had already flown in space, six years earlier! Russian cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova had orbited Earth for three days in June 1963. Hopefully the woman who will be the first female on the moon is walking among us now.

Posted July 13, 2009 12:53 PM



Whether or not she had heard of Valentina Tereshkova, this child was very aware of the very real obstacles to achieving such goals as a girl. Never mind the fact that the female cosmonaut program was actually disbanded in 1969, the same year this was filmed. Such a faint glimmer of hope for a young girl to hold on to, in such an era. Not until Roberta Bondar went into space (during my own youth) did I really consider such things a possibility.

I am amazed by how hollow the reporter's words sound to my ears when he says, "All of which proves that kids will be kids, I guess." The child was quite astute, yet the interviewer invalidates her in one fell swoop.

Posted July 13, 2009 03:28 PM



So...only boys can go to the moon. How could she know this? Only 1 visit was done..and that just the day before. Perhaps there was some category of actions that only boys could do, and moon-visiting automatically got put into that category? What did this girl categorize moon-visiting as? Why did it go into that category immediately? And what else was in that category?

Posted July 13, 2009 04:02 PM



That little girl looks very much like a tiny Julie Payette!?!?! I think this is a trick question!

Posted July 13, 2009 10:16 PM

Madeline Banfield


Looks like a young Julie Payette to me and I believe she is still waiting for a shuttle ride to the space station. If it is Julie, she is still as sweet as this little girl looks to be and I am very proud of her.

Posted July 13, 2009 11:32 PM

Joe Zwickl


I agree with Vic and Madeline. This is Julie Payette! And does she deserve to go to the moon? Absolutely! We should all be proud of her eventhough she will most likely not make it to the moon. What a great ambassador for Canada! Oh, and CBC can find her at the Kennedy Space Centre.

Posted July 14, 2009 09:37 AM


@Rick : You need to consider the times. The girl saw how her mother/grandmother/aunts/sisters/friends were treated, as woman, and made a very astute observation about the nature of society at that time. Frankly, she was right. From all my reading about the space program at that time, I don't recall a single woman even being an option for the Apollo program - it was a boys club, and with a few exceptions, still is.

Posted July 14, 2009 10:00 AM



I doubt that's Payette - she would have been 5 1/2 at the time of the moon launch (this girl looks a bit older), and was living in Montreal, not Ontario. I believe French is her first language, though she's bilingual now - this sounds like a native English speaker.

As for Rick's comment, the Apollo program was 2 1/2 years old at the time of this interview, and only men had participated - this was Apollo 11, after all. It was men only aboard the Apollo 1, 7, 8, 9 and 10 manned missions, so the girl's right about her era to that point.

And after - only 12 people have walked on the moon, all men.

Posted July 14, 2009 10:28 AM



No one has walked on the moon. It was all fake. Don't believe that - then why hasn't anyone, with all the advancements in technology over the past 45+ years gone back?

Posted July 14, 2009 11:37 AM



Where was this shot?
These details might be rather useful in determining who the girl is. Despite our 36 million population, having a starting point would make a search easier....

@Wade, there is a reasonable probability you're right. Rumour has it Stanley Kubric was tapped by the CIA to produce a film for the public. Some photos clearly show a man wearing a plaid shirt reflected in the visor of one of the astronauts. Certainly the 'waiving' flag on the windless moon gives one pause...

Posted July 14, 2009 03:41 PM

Laura Halliday

Not me, though she is about my age. As a 7 year old space nut I knew who Valentina Tereshkova was, even though I didn't understand the underlying politics and didn't learn of the "Let's put a stop to this - NOW!" memo until much later.

Something that is bugging me, though, and I'm hearing it a lot lately: please refrain from referring to Apollo 11 as THE Moon Landing. It wasn't; it was the first of six.

Posted July 14, 2009 06:41 PM

Jacques Daviault


It is not Julie Payette.

In case you haven't noticed, Payette's mother tongue is French - and indeed she still carries a slight French accent when she speaks in English. So any thoughts that this little girl is Julie Payette is simply wishful thinking. Go Julie!!!

Posted July 14, 2009 07:00 PM



WriterWriter, let me explain the "waving flag". Since there is no wind in space the flag would simply droop without a crossbeam over the top to hold it out. When the astronauts pounded the flag into the ground, this crossbeam kept bouncing, giving the illusion of a waving flag.

Posted July 15, 2009 09:45 AM



Today you could interview a little Ontario boy and his answer would be; "No, because I don't speak french!"

Posted July 15, 2009 11:23 AM


The little girl is wearing something that looks like a prayer cap - perhaps she is to be found among the Mennonite community?

Posted July 15, 2009 06:42 PM



This is not Pyatt.

I saw this interview on the show.."It Seems like yesterday" a few years ago. This was of course at a time where woman stayed home to watch the kiddies and be a housewife, and wait on her husband hand and foot..[looking back doesn't seem like such a bad idea!]

Nice things have changed. I'm sure they'll find her somewhere.

Posted July 15, 2009 06:59 PM

« Previous Post | Main | Next Post »

Post a Comment


Note: By submitting your comments you acknowledge that CBC has the right to reproduce, broadcast and publicize those comments or any part thereof in any manner whatsoever. Please note that due to the volume of e-mails we receive, not all comments will be published, and those that are published will not be edited. But all will be carefully read, considered and appreciated.

Note: Due to volume there will be a delay before your comment is processed. Your comment will go through even if you leave this page immediately afterwards.

Privacy Policy | Submissions Policy


World »

New Giuliani won't be in cabinet as Trump makes campaign-style stops
Appearing jovial and relaxed, Donald Trump plunged back into election politics Friday, a full month after he won the presidency, enthusiastically prodding Louisiana Republicans to turn out for Saturday's Senate runoff election and protect the party's 52-48 margin in Washington.
Dylann Roof confession video played in court: 'I killed them'
Dylann Roof hesitated for only moments before confessing to killing nine black people at a Charleston, S.C., church as an FBI agent questioned him less than 24 hours after the shooting.
Obama orders 'deep dive review' of 'malicious' election campaign hacking
U.S. President Barack Obama has ordered intelligence officials to conduct a broad review on the election-season hacking that rattled the presidential campaign and raised new concerns about foreign meddling in U.S. elections.
more »

Canada »

Police searching for Dr. Elana Fric-Shamji's purse, mobile phone near Vaughan creek
Toronto police are conducting a land and water search in the area where Dr. Elana Fric-Shamji's body was found on Dec. 1, in hopes of finding a purse and cellphone belonging to the slain physician.
Jack Kramer acquitted of raping Calgary woman in front of husband in 1995
Jack Kramer has been found guilty of break and enter and possession of a weapon, but not guilty of the more serious charges of forcible confinement and sexual assault related to a 1995 attack on a woman in her home.
Obama creates 'resilience area' off Alaska, to protect Bering ecosystem
U.S. President Barack Obama used his executive powers Friday to add protections to waters off Alaska's west coast. The area covers 290,855 square kilometres and supports the annual marine mammal migration of bowhead and beluga whales, Pacific walrus, ice seals and migratory birds.
more »

Politics »

Updated B.C. joins Saskatchewan in opposing parts of national climate plan video
The first ministers meeting on climate change hit a roadblock Friday afternoon as B.C. and Saskatchewan signalled serious concerns with the proposed national plan.
Russia threatens retaliation over latest round of Canadian sanctions video
Russia is threatening to retaliate after Canada quietly imposed additional sanctions on Russian nationals over the annexation of Crimea and Moscow's ongoing support for separatists in eastern Ukraine.
John McCallum says government still has to convince Canadians to embrace refugees audio
The man tasked with bringing thousands of Syrian refugees to Canada says that while most Canadians were quick to embrace them, his government still "has to work very hard" to convince some people to embrace these new arrivals.
more »

Health »

Sorry - we can't find that page

Sorry, we can't find the page you requested.

  1. Please check the URL in the address bar, or ...
  2. Use the navigation links at left to explore our site, or ...
  3. Enter a term in the Quick Search box at top, or ...
  4. Visit our site map page

In a few moments, you will be taken to our site map page, which will help you find what you looking for.

more »

Arts & Entertainment»

Video Teen troubles and Tony Stark abound in debut Spider-Man: Homecoming trailer
Spider-Man: Homecoming promises a jaunty return to the webslinging title character's teenage world, with a debut trailer that centres on high school drama, learning to juggle a double identity and testing boundaries set by new mentor Tony Stark.
Questions raised about Trump's continued role in Celebrity Apprentice
Donald Trump's continued stake in television's Celebrity Apprentice adds to questions about potential conflicts between his personal and public responsibilities, while raising new ones about NBC.
Taylor Swift teams up with Zayn Malik for Fifty Shades duet I Don't Wanna Live Forever
Taylor Swift and Zayn Malik have dropped a surprise duet single from the Fifty Shades Darker soundtrack.
more »

Technology & Science »

Scientists hunt for carbon monoxide poisoning antidote
Scientists are on the trail of a potential antidote for carbon monoxide poisoning, an injected 'scavenger' that promises to trap and remove the gas from blood within minutes.
'Sexist' banquet joke riles researchers at Arctic science conference in Winnipeg
A group of researchers released an open letter protesting what they call a sexist joke at the conference's gala banquet, which the executive director is defending as a 'linguistic misspeak.'
Blog Virtual reality a sickening experience
A new study shows that women experience more virtual reality-related motion sickness.
more »

Money »

Major New York markets hit second consecutive day of record highs
Major New York indexes hit a second consecutive day of record highs, while the Toronto stock market inched up to continue a six-day rise.
Ad revenue outlook sees continued big gains for digital media in 2017
Digital advertising will continue to outstrip other media forms this year and next when it comes to bringing in ad dollars, according to a new forecast from media buying company GroupM.
Anti-corruption group calls for more disclosure on owners of Canadian companies, trusts
The federal government should require all companies and trusts to identify their beneficial owners, according to the recommendations contained in a report from the Canadian division of Transparency International, a global anti-corruption organization.
more »

Consumer Life »

Sorry - we can't find that page

Sorry, we can't find the page you requested.

  1. Please check the URL in the address bar, or ...
  2. Use the navigation links at left to explore our site, or ...
  3. Enter a term in the Quick Search box at top, or ...
  4. Visit our site map page

In a few moments, you will be taken to our site map page, which will help you find what you looking for.

more »

Sports »

[an error occurred while processing this directive]
Duhamel-Radford pick up pairs bronze in France video
Canada's Meaghan Duhamel and Eric Radford won bronze in the pairs at the Grand Prix Final in Marseille, France on Friday.
Coming Up World short-course swimming championships video
Watch the semifinals and finals tonight at 6:30 p.m. ET as Canadian Olympians Kylie Masse and Katerine Savard compete at the world short-course championships in Windsor, Ont.
Hockey Night in Canada: Free live streams on CBC Sports app
For the 2016-17 season, the CBC Sports app will provide free live streams of select Hockey Night in Canada games on Saturday nights.
more »

Diversions »

[an error occurred while processing this directive]
more »