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Canada's first female astronaut signs her name on this commemorative envelope from 1979
Commemorative envelope signed: "Roberta Bondar" in black ink, 6½x3½. Postmarked August 13, 1979, Denver, Colorado. Commemorating the 747/Enterprise shuttle carrier stop over enroute to Edwards Air Force Base, California. NASA photo. Roberta Bondar (b. 1945) was Canada's first ever female astronaut and first neurologist in space. After spending over ten years as NASA's head of space medicine, she became a consultant. Bondar spent significant time researching and examining data taken from astronauts who had returned from space missions, to try to understand the mechanisms behind the body's ability to recover from exposure to space. The female astronaut spent eight full days in space. Slight residue on "R" in signature, fully legible. Fine condition.

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Born: December 4, 1945 in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada

Roberta Bondar is Canada's first female astronaut and the first neurologist in space. Following more than a decade as NASA's head of space medicine, Bondar became a consultant and speaker in the business, scientific, and medical communities.
Bondar has received many honours including the Order of Canada, the Order of Ontario, the NASA Space Medal, over 22 honorary degrees and induction into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame.

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