Julie Payette

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Julie Payette

Julie Payette in Ottawa in 2017
29th Governor General of Canada
In office
October 2, 2017 – January 21, 2021
MonarchElizabeth II
Prime MinisterJustin Trudeau
Preceded byDavid Johnston
Succeeded byMary Simon
Personal details
Born (1963-10-20) October 20, 1963 (age 59)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Spouse(s)François Brissette (div. 1999)
William Flynn (div. 2015)
Children1 son (aged 19)[1]
ResidenceRideau Hall
EducationMcGill University (BEng)
University of Toronto (MASc)
Space career
CSA astronaut
Time in space
25 days 11 h 57 min
Selection1992 CSA Group
MissionsSTS-96, STS-127
Mission insignia
Sts-96-patch.svg STS-127 patch.png

Julie Payette (born October 20, 1963) is a Canadian businesswoman, former astronaut, engineer, and was the 29th Governor General of Canada.[2][3][4]

Payette has completed two spaceflights, STS-96 and STS-127, logging more than 25 days in space. She served as chief astronaut for the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), and has served as capsule communicator at NASA Mission Control Center in Houston.

She resigned on January 21, 2020.[5] She was the first Governor General to leave office due to scandal.[6]

References[change | change source]

  1. Rakobowchuk, Peter (June 13, 2009). "Astronaut's family has nerves of steel". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved December 30, 2017.
  2. "Governor General: Ms. Julie Payette, Governor General". gg.ca. Governor General of Canada. July 13, 2017.
  3. "Former astronaut Julie Payette to be Canada's next governor general". CBC News. July 12, 2017. Archived from the original on July 12, 2017.
  4. Scotti, Monique (July 13, 2017). "Julie Payette: Meet Canada's next governor general". Global News. Retrieved July 13, 2017.
  5. Payette stepping down as governor general after blistering report on Rideau Hall work environment
  6. Payette is the one resigning — but Justin Trudeau has to wear it