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Chapter 4

Glass ceilings and North stars


From: Canadarm and Collaboration


This chapter provides a biography of Julie Payette, the first female Canadian astronaut. Topics discussed in this chapter include her experiences in space and a history of sexism in space exploration.



Elizabeth Howell

Elizabeth Howell, PhD, is a Canadian journalist focusing on space exploration. Her clients include CBC, SpaceQ, and She has seen rocket launches in the United States and Kazakhstan, lived on a simulated Mars base, and interviewed dozens of astronauts. She is the author of The Science of Time Travel and The Search for Life on Mars. She teaches technical writing at Algonquin College and does consulting work for numerous institutions. She lives in Ottawa, Ontario.