Roberta Bondar studies the
human body in space
Story by Sharon Adams
On Jan. 22, 1992, Roberta Bondar became the first neurologist—and coincidentally, Canada’s first woman—in space, joining the crew of the Space Shuttle Discovery on an eight-day mission.
While orbiting, she and the other astronauts conducted more than 40 experiments in the Spacelab on the first International Microgravity Laboratory mission, working 12-hour shifts to get all the work done in time.
They studied eye motion, the inner ear, energy expenditure during spaceflight, changes in balance and the after-effects of space flight.