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After the Shuttle checks out on its two upcoming flights, it will be ready to take larger components up to the International Space Station later this fall.
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And that's one of the reasons I joined the Navy - because I thought it would be exciting, the opportunity to travel, to work in an environment that is sometimes difficult, always exciting. And from the Navy, the opportunity to become an astronaut seemed like a natural extension.
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But as a payload specialist, I was primarily focusing on a group of science experiments that had been assigned to me.
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Canada and space are a natural fit.
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Canada has made a strong commitment as a partner in the International Space Station and, like the other partners, wishes to see the assembly of this unique orbiting laboratory continue.
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Canada's a huge country, so to be able to unite the country through communication satellite technology or to be able to observe it through remote sensing technology from space is a natural fit for a country like Canada.
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Certainly, I can name people who have been inspirational in a general way, but probably more inspirational to me on a personal level are some of the teachers that I had when I was growing up, the teachers who inspired me and made me feel confident enough that I could do certain things in my life.
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I always thought that when I grew up I would want to do a job that involved not only using my brain but also my body.
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I like adventure.
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I like the opportunity to travel the world and work in close company with other people.
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I submitted my name and after about a six-month competition was lucky enough to be chosen as one of the first six astronauts in Canada.
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I think that the people who have had been the most influence on me in my life are not necessarily household names.
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I think the crux of the matter was that if we were going to become partners in, for example, the International Space Station, we had to gain the respect of a country like the United States and particularly its space organization, NASA.
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I wanted to further my education, so I went on to get a Ph.D. in electrical engineering and came back and served about ten years in the Canadian Navy as what we call a combat systems engineer.
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I was also aware of the fact that I was jumping ahead of the queue, to some extent, because some people who had been training here at NASA had been training for many years, and I would have the opportunity to fly. So it made me a little bit nervous, but, as it turned out, everything went very well.
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I went to military college in Canada and graduated as an officer in the Navy but also as an engineer.
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In 1983, NASA invited Canada to fly three payload specialists, in part because we had contributed the robotic arm that is used on the shuttle.
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It is a challenge to have your launch date slip continuously.
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NASA - there's no question about it - and Russia were the big boys. They had their own programs that covered virtually every aspect of space endeavor. Countries like Canada or Japan, were newer on the block and, in Canada's case, were not able to make huge contributions but wanted to be involved.
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NASA wanted to assure its ability to examine the spacecraft in orbit for signs of damage.
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New standards for safety are now in place and Canada has helped provide tools and techniques that were needed. Technologies like these are innovative and represent great achievements for us.
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So Canada has had an interest in space right from the beginning, and, in fact, started to work with NASA almost forty years ago.
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The space industry is developing and delivering benefits that tie into our immediate needs and priorities here on Earth-for example, medical and materials research, and satellite communications.
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There are many experiments and a great deal of research that can be performed on the station that make a difference in our lives and we are committed to supporting this important vocation.
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Through these ongoing activities and possibly in the future, a Canadian will go live and work on the International Space Station and we will continue to make Canadians proud of our achievements in space.
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We have played a critical role in meeting the new safety standards. The Canadian space industry contributed new tools that make the inspection of the space shuttle possible.
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Well, my father was in the Army and we traveled quite a bit when I was growing up, and I thought that I would like to have a military career, although I was drawn more towards the Navy.
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