Dr. Robert Thirsk
Astronaut, Innovator, Educator
As a member of the Canadian Space Agency’s astronaut corps, Dr. Robert Thirsk has spent a combined 205 days in space, observing our world and its signals and noise from a unique vantage point. First flying in 1996 for 17 days aboard the space shuttle Columbia as part of the Life and Microgravity Spacelab Mission, he returned in 2009 with a 188-day mission on the International Space Station to perform robotic operations and station maintenance.
Dr. Thirsk is a strong promoter of an economy based upon exploration and innovation, and encourages students to build their career dreams upon a solid educational foundation and advanced skills. He currently serves as Chancellor of the University of Calgary, and holds a degree in engineering, an MBA, and a Doctorate of Medicine.
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