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Where in the world is Roberta Bondar?

Saturday, June 15, 2013   by: Staff

Roberta Bondar, Canada's first woman in space and a hero to many in her hometown of Sault Ste. Marie will be in Vienna, Austria this week.

The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) is celebrating the 50th anniversary of women in space and Dr. Bondar was one of the guest speakers leading a panel discussion at the 10-day event.

The panel discussion took place on Thursday, June 13.

The full text of a release from UNOOSA follows.

The Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) marks the 50 th anniversary of women in space in June 2013.
Valentina Tereshkova of the Russian Federation was the first woman to fly into outer space on 16 June 1963, and will be joining the celebrations in Vienna.
Space Tours will be available at the Vienna International Centre (VIC) between 12 and 21 June daily at 12.30 and 3.30 p.m.
The UN Postal Administration issues special stamps on the subject that will be presented at the Rotunda of the VIC, which will also host a space exhibit.

Public Panel Discussion with women astronauts and cosmonauts, 13 June, 7-9 pm, Natural History Museum Vienna, Entrance Hall

The first women in space, Cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova, and other inspiring women astronauts will share their experiences in human space flight. 

Speakers: Valentina Tereshkova (Russian Federation), Roberta Bondar (Canada), Janet L. Kavandi (USA),Chiaki Mukai  (Japan), Helen Sharman (UK) (TBC), Liu Yang (China). 

Welcome remarks: Christian Köberl, Director-General, Natural History Museum Vienna; Mazlan Othman, Director, United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs 

Moderator: Dumitru-Dorin Prunariu, President of the Executive Board, Association of Space Explorers

The discussion will be in English.

More information is available on


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