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Famous Astronauts from Canada

Updated June 14, 2019 9.3k views10 items

List of notable or famous astronauts from Canada, with bios and photos, including the top astronauts born in Canada and even some popular astronauts who immigrated to Canada. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Canadian astronauts then this list is the perfect resource for you. These astronauts are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known astronaut from Canada is included when available.

A list made up of people like Gregory Chamitoff and Robert Thirsk.

This historic astronauts from Canada list can help answer the questions "Who are some Canadian astronauts of note?" and "Who are the most famous astronauts from Canada?" These prominent astronauts of Canada may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected Canadian astronauts.

Use this list of renowned Canadian astronauts to discover some new astronauts that you aren't familiar with. Don't forget to share this list by clicking one of the social media icons at the top or bottom of the page. {#nodes}
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  • Bjarni Tryggvason is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Astronauts from Canada
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    Bjarni Valdimar Tryggvason (born September 21, 1945) is an Icelandic-born Canadian engineer and a former NRC/CSA astronaut. He served as a Payload Specialist on Space Shuttle mission STS-85 in 1997, a 12-day mission to study changes in the Earth's atmosphere.... more on Wikipedia
    • Age: 75
    • Birthplace: Reykjavik, Iceland
  • Chris Hadfield is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Astronauts from Canada
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    Chris Austin Hadfield (born August 29, 1959) is a Canadian retired astronaut, engineer, and former Royal Canadian Air Force fighter pilot. The first Canadian to walk in space, Hadfield has flown two Space Shuttle missions and served as commander of the International Space Station. Hadfield, who was raised on a farm in southern Ontario, was inspired as a child when he watched the Apollo 11 Moon landing on TV. He attended high school in Oakville and Milton and earned his glider pilot licence as a member of the Royal Canadian Air Cadets. He joined the Canadian Armed Forces and earned an engineering degree at Royal Military College. While in the military he learned to fly various types of... more on Wikipedia
    • Age: 61
    • Birthplace: Sarnia, Canada
  • Dafydd Williams is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Astronauts from Canada
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    Dafydd Rhys "Dave" Williams OC OOnt CCFP FCFP FRCPC FRCP (born May 16, 1954) is a Canadian physician, public speaker, CEO, author and a retired CSA astronaut. Williams was a mission specialist on two space shuttle missions. His first spaceflight, STS-90 in 1998, was a 16-day mission aboard Space Shuttle Columbia dedicated to neuroscience research. His second flight, STS-118 in August 2007, was flown by Space Shuttle Endeavour to the International Space Station. During that mission he performed three spacewalks, becoming the third Canadian to perform a spacewalk and setting a Canadian record for total number of spacewalks. These spacewalks combined for a total duration of 17 hours and 47... more on Wikipedia
    • Age: 66
    • Birthplace: Saskatoon, Canada
  • David Saint-Jacques is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Astronauts from Canada
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    David Saint-Jacques (in Quebec: [davɪd sẽɪ̯̃nʒã(ŋ)k̚], French pronunciation: ​[david sɛ̃ʒak]; born January 6, 1970) is a Canadian astronaut with the Canadian Space Agency (CSA). He is also an astrophysicist, engineer, and a physician. In December 2018 he launched to the International Space Station, as Flight Engineer on Expeditions 57, 58 and 59; he returned to Earth on June 25, 2019. ... more on Wikipedia
    • Age: 50
    • Birthplace: Quebec City, Canada
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