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Personal Experiences as an Astronaut and Test Pilot

Bjarni Tryggvason is a former Canadian Space Agency (CSA) astronaut who served as a Payload Specialist on Space Shuttle mission STS-85, a mission to study changes in the Earth’s atmosphere. He has over 4,000 hours of flight experience and has been a part of several major space missions undertaken by the CSA and the National Research Council (NRC). He is one of Canada's original six astronauts and was trained as a backup payload specialist for the CANEX-2 set of experiments. He also served as the project engineer for the Space Vision System Target Spacecraft on Mission STS-52. Born in Iceland, he grew up in Vancouver and began his career as a meteorologist with the cloud physics group at the Atmospheric Environment Service in Toronto. His association with the NRC began when he joined the Low Speed Aerodynamics Laboratory in Ottawa. While researching on the sinking of the Ocean Ranger oil rig, he designed and led the aerodynamics tests as a part of the NRC team investigating this case. Following this he was selected as one of the six Canadian astronauts. Before embarking on a career as an astronaut he used to teach graduate courses on structural dynamics and random vibrations as a part-time lecturer. Now retired, he has returned to teaching. 


  • He received the NASA Space Flight Medal in 1997.
  • He received an honorary doctorate from the University of Western Ontario in 1998, and one from the University of Iceland in 2000.
  • He is the proud recipient of three Canadian Space Agency Innovators Awards.



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Event Date 01-19-2018 11:30 am
Event End Date 01-19-2018 2:00 pm
Capacity 60
Cut off date 01-17-2018 10:25 am
Individual Price Regular:$25
The University Club of Victoria
3800 Finnerty Rd, Victoria, BC V8P 5C2, Canada Victoria, BC V8P 5C2 Canada
The University Club of Victoria
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