Canada’s first woman in space – Jan. 22, 1992

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Military Milestones
Roberta Bondar studies the human body in space

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.

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Mathematicians calculate alternative Battle of Britain scenarios

Mathematicians calculate alternative
Battle of Britain scenarios

Story by Stephen J. Thorne

A new study says German leader Adolf Hitler would have won the Battle of Britain in the Second World War had he started three weeks earlier and focused on airfields rather than shifting his bombing campaign to London and other cities.

Using a computer model, six mathematicians at the University of York in England have recalculated the likelihood of a Nazi victory in Britain’s defining battle of the war.

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January 23, 1953

Flight Lieutenant Ernie Glover receives the first peacetime
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