First Canadian Travels to Space

On October 5, 1984, astronaut Marc Garneau became the first Canadian to venture to outer space, when he served as payload specialist abroad the space shuttle Challenger during the STS-41-G mission.

Marc Garneau, the first Canadian in space (photo credit: NASA)

Garneau would return to space on two subsequent shuttle flights, missions STS-77 and STS-97, in May 1996 and November 2000 respectively.

Garneau went on to become the President of the Canadian Space Agency in November 2001, and was then elected to the Canadian Parliament as a member of the Liberal Party of Canada.