Tag Archives: The Roberta Bondar Foundation

International Day
of Human Space Flight

  On April 12, 1961, Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first person to travel into space. He made a 108-minute orbital flight in the fully automated Vostok 1 space capsule. Gagarin did not land in his space capsule. Vostok … Continue reading

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Catching the Wave

On February 22, 1857, German physicist Heinrich Rudolf Hertz was born. He was a student and protégé of the great Hermann von Helmholtz. Hertz began his career as a university lecturer and quickly established himself as an accomplished speaker. In … Continue reading

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S’no Wonder

  On February 9, 1865, American photographer and pioneering weather scientist Wilson Alwyn Bentley was born. After experiencing the Vermont winter snows for almost two decades, Bentley followed his passion for capturing the beauty of snowflakes for others to share. … Continue reading

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Our New Partnership
with EcoSchools Canada

  We have teamed up with EcoSchools Canada to give students across the country the opportunity to participate in the school-based Bondar Challenge and support their EcoSchools certification application. The nature photography challenge is inspired by the remarkable work of … Continue reading

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An Eye on the Weather

On October 16, 1975, NASA launched GOES-1 – the first Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite. Over the Indian Ocean, GOES-1 achieved a specific geostationary orbit, approximately 35,785 km (22,236 mi) above the equator, following the direction of Earth’s rotation, matching its … Continue reading

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World Oceans Day

  Yearly, on June 8, World Oceans Day recognizes 71% of our planet as an interconnected entity since all oceans are linked and flow together as one. Marine life moves without regard for ocean label. Unfortunately, so does acid rain … Continue reading

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World Environment Day

  On June 5, 2020, World Environment Day celebrates its 46th anniversary. This year, the focus – For Nature – calls our attention to the increasing instability of natural systems like climate and fresh water, advising us to take action … Continue reading

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International Day for
Biological Diversity

  On May 22, 1993, the United Nations sanctioned this date as the International Day for Biological Diversity to increase awareness of biodiversity issues worldwide.   Our Solutions are in Nature is this year’s theme on International Day for Biological … Continue reading

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Giving Us the World

  On May 20, 1570, the world’s first true modern atlas, was published in Antwerp. Compiled by Flemish geographer and cartographer Abraham Ortelius (Ortels), Theatrum Orbis Terrarum [Theatre of the World] was a bound collection of maps and explanatory text. … Continue reading

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Mount St. Helens

  On May 18, 1980, in Washington state, Mount St. Helens volcano exploded leaving 57 people dead or missing. This was a Plinian eruption. It validated Pliny the Younger’s eyewitness description, often regarded as exaggeration, of the Vesuvius explosion that … Continue reading

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