Julie Payette is an astronaut, pilot, engineer, and one of Canada’s shortest-reigning Governors General, appointed in 2017. She was born in Montreal on Oct. 20, 1963, and has had a distinguished and eventful life and career.
Received a Canadian scholarship to attend the Atlantic College in Wales.
Obtained a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from McGill University and started work as a system engineer with IBM Canada.
Obtained a Master of Applied Science & Computer Engineering from the University of Toronto.
The Canadian Space Agency selected Payette to become an astronaut from 5,330 applicants. In preparation for a space mission assignment, Payette obtained her commercial pilot licence, studied Russian and logged 120 hours as a research operator onboard reduced gravity aircraft.
Obtained her military pilot captaincy for a Snowbird jet at a Canadian Forces Base.
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Payette went on her first flight into space as a crew member of STS-96, delivered four tons of supplies to the International Space Station.
She became Chief Astronaut for the Canadian Space Agency
Worked as a Capsule Communicator at NASA Mission Control Center in Houston, Texas.
Served as the flight engineer of STS-127 aboard Space Shuttle Endeavour on the 29th Shuttle mission to the International Space Station, her second time going into space.
Receives Order of Canada.
Undertook a fellowship as a scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. That same year, was involved in a fatal collision in Maryland. After an eight-month investigation, police closed the case without laying charges. Was also charged with a second-degree assault while living in Maryland in 2011. The charges were dropped and later expunged.
Became Chief Operating Officer of the Montréal Science Centre.
On October 2, Payette became Canada’s 29th Governor General.
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