Hareem H.

Niagara On The Lake, Ontario

District School Board of Niagara

Canadian Space Icons

Canada has played pivotal roles in advancing space exploration, inspiring generations with their remarkable achievements and contributions. From commanding the ISS to venturing into space as the first Canadian woman, Chris Hadfield, Roberta Bondar, and the Canadarm, are iconic figures who have left an indelible mark on Canada's space legacy. In this project, you will learn about three remarkable innovations and astronauts who have captured the hearts of minds of individuals across Canada. Without these incredible Canadian icons, Canada would not be the trailblazing nation it is today!

What was the most interesting thing you learned about your topic?

Roberta Bondar and Chris Hadfield are childhood inspirations of mine. Individuals who I admire and personally look up to. Researching about their lives, accomplishments, and legacy, inspired me throughout this project and motivated me to dig deeper and deeper. Something I learned that really stood out to me is the difference between Chris Hadfield's and millions of other people's personalities. Chris Hadfield is a very humble individual and is always willing to stand back and let others shine. He wants to educate and inspire everyone, not leaving anyone behind. He charismatic personality, has motivated hundreds of Canadians to work harder toward their goals, and to never give up. He reminds people that their decisions today, determines their future, making him an inspiration to all!

What important lessons have you learned that you want to share with other Canadians?

An important lesson I learned while learning about this topic is how these remarkable Canadian icons continued to push themselves throughout their lives. Whether it's establishing you own foundation, inspiring new technological tools, or becoming a celebrity astronaut, these icons did not stop at just "astronaut". They continued to change the world, not for the "look at me" but for the "look at our country".

How would you compare your life today to the lives of those studied in your project?

When I grow up, I want to be an astronaut, and for me, it's a lot easier to pursue that dream compared to Roberta Bondar or Chris Hadfield. When they were growing up, Canada didn't have a space program, but still, they decided to always be ready. Chris Hadfield had known he wanted to be an astronaut ever since he was 9, and even though that goal seemed very unrealistic at the time, he persevered, and never gave up. In the 1900's it would have been difficult for a female to become an astronaut, especially in Canada, as there had been no other Canadian female who had traveled to space. Although, Roberta Bondar never gave up on her dreams, and continued to give it her all and prove the world wrong. Today, I wouldn't have to face these challenges, but that doesn't mean the journey is over. I've got a long way to go, and with two remarkable inspirations and role models, I believe one day, I really could be an astronaut!