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Marc Garneau

Marc GarneauAKA Joseph Jean-Pierre Marc Garneau

Born: 23-Feb-1949
Birthplace: Quebec City, Quebec, Canada

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Astronaut

Nationality: Canada
Executive summary: First Canadian in space

Military service: Royal Canadian Navy (1974-89, Naval Capt.)

On 5 October 1984 aboard STS-41-G, career Navy officer Marc Garneau became the first Canadian in space, with the role of payload specialist. He further served on missions STS-77 in 1996 and STS-97 in 2000, logging 677 cumulative hours. When growing up, Garneau did not think Canadians would ever be in space, and gave little thought to it until encountering an advertisement that Canada was seeking astronauts. After his three shuttle missions, he ran the Canadian Space Agency for five years and successfully ran for a seat in Parliament. In 2012 Garneau campaigned for leadership of the Liberal Party, withdrawing some months later and endorsing Justin Trudeau.

Father: André Garneau (Canadian Brig. Gen.)
Wife: Jacqueline Brown (d. 1987 suicide, one daughter, one son)
Son: Simone (twin, b. 8-Jan-1976)
Daughter: Yves (twin, b. 8-Jan-1976)
Wife: Pamela Soame (m. 1992, two children)
Son: Adrien Braun (b. 24-Oct-1996)

    University: BS Engineering Physics, Royal Military College of Canada (1970)
    University: PhD Electrical Engineering, Imperial College of Science and Technology (1973)
    Military College: Canadian Army Command and Staff College (attended 1982-83)
    Chancellor: Carleton University (2003-08)

    Member of the Canadian Parliament for Westmount -- Ville-Marie (2008-)
    Canadian Space Agency President (2001-06)
    Liberal Party of Canada
    Order of Canada 1984

Official Website:
http://www.marcgarneau.ca/


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