JULIE PAYETTE

The first Cana­dian as­tro­naut to visit the In­ter­na­tional Space Sta­tion, where she op­er­ated the Canadarm.

Canadian Geographic - - EXPLORING CARTOGRAPH­Y - —As told to T.H.

Watch­ing the Amer­i­cans go to the moon when I was a kid, I thought, “Even though I don’t un­der­stand a word of it [be­cause they spoke English and she didn’t], even though they are Amer­i­can and I am Cana­dian, even though they are guys and I am a girl, and they are all pi­lots and no­body in my fam­ily has ever been any­where close to an air­plane, it doesn’t mat­ter.” I wanted to be an as­tro­naut.

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