Author Archives: B Bondar

Nature in the Details

On December 6, 1901, American landscape photographer Eliot Furness Porter was born. A chemical engineering graduate from Harvard and a medical graduate from its School of Medicine, he taught biochemistry at the university. As a boy on family camping trips, … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Roberta!

On this day in Sault Ste Marie Ontario, future neuro-ophthalmologist and payload specialist Roberta Lynn Bondar was born. Of course, no one knew all that at the time. Or even what those words meant. She had to learn to walk … Continue reading

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Space Perspective

  On December 3, 2018, Dr. David Saint-Jacques will co-pilot Russian Soyuz spacecraft for the six-hour journey to the International Space Station [ISS]. The crew trio includes its Russian mission commander Oleg Kononenko and American astronaut Anne McClain. During his … Continue reading

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Torngat Mountains
National Park of Canada

On December 1, 2005, Torngat Mountains National Park of Canada was officially established along the northeast coast of Labrador after decades of study and land claim settlements. Labrador’s spectacular first national park includes Arctic Cordillera and Tundra ecozones and a … Continue reading

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National Park of Canada

Wave Warp

  On November 29, 1803, mathematician Christian Andreas Doppler was born in Austria. Although primarily a teacher of mathematics, he also studied astronomy and eventually became the Director of the Institute of Physics at the University of Vienna. The years … Continue reading

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Father of Chinese Ornithology

On November 18, 1906, Chinese ornithologist Tso-hsin Cheng [Zheng Zuoxin] was born. As a boy, he learned to identify the birds in the Fujian forests by their calls. Travelling to the United States, Cheng completed doctoral studies at University of … Continue reading

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Canadarm

On November 13, 1981, after eight years in the planning and construction, the Canadarm first flew aboard STS-2. Officially known as the Shuttle Remote Manipulator System, the RMS was Canada’s contribution to the Space Shuttle Program. Intended to assist moving … Continue reading

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Congaree National Park

On November 10, 2003, Congaree was designated a National Park, a South Carolina wilderness area, that was formerly the Congaree Swamp National Monument. It is an alluvial or flood plain, part of a river system where sediment deposits build up … Continue reading

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Banff Hot Springs Preserve

  On November 2, 1885, the Banff Hot Springs Preserve was established. Two years later and enlarged, it was renamed Rocky Mountains Park – Canada’s first national park – then renamed Banff National Park in 1930. The preserve’s original 26 … Continue reading

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Catching the Drift

On November 1, 1880, astronomer, meteorologist, natural scientist, and Arctic explorer, Alfred Lothar Wegener was born in Berlin. Like many before him, Wegener was intrigued with the similarities of continental coastlines that seemed to once have fit together. Instead of … Continue reading

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