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Robert Pearlman

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posted 06-21-2012 08:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Canadian Space Agency (CSA) release
Astronaut Robert Thirsk announces plans to leave the Canadian Space Agency

Canadian Space Agency astronaut Dr. Robert Thirsk has announced his plans to leave the agency in August 2012. He is a veteran of two spaceflights including Canada's first long-duration mission aboard the International Space Station.

"We salute Dr. Thirsk and his contributions to the Canadian space program as an accomplished and dedicated member of the astronaut corps," said CSA President Steve MacLean. "Over a span of three decades, Robert has contributed to bringing science to the forefront of our space exploration initiatives. We wish him the very best in his new endeavour."

Above: Canadian Space Agency astronaut Robert Thirsk poses for a photo in the Harmony node of the International Space Station.

Dr. Thirsk has been appointed to the position of Vice-President - Public, Government and Institute Affairs of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, effective August 2012, where he'll direct all matters related to strategic relations, public and private sector partnerships, communication and public outreach.

One of the original six Canadian astronauts, Robert Thirsk joined the Canadian Astronaut Program in 1983.

Thirsk first flew in 1996 on space shuttle Columbia on the 17-day Life and Microgravity Spacelab mission.

In 2009, he launched aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft and became the first Canadian astronaut to complete a long-duration expedition. As a member of the ISS Expedition 20/21 crew, he and his international crewmates performed multidisciplinary research, robotic operations, maintenance and repair work of Station systems and payloads.


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posted 06-22-2012 08:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for alanh_7   Click Here to Email alanh_7     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I was proud to have met Robert Thirsk a few years back in Ottawa. It was a real pleasure, a true gentleman.

I think its safe to say Canadians are proud of the work he has done with the CSA all these years and wish him the best in his new position.

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Robert Thirsk was at the press site for STS-135.


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posted 06-26-2012 02:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for BMckay   Click Here to Email BMckay     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Bob is a class act and will be missed. We have had some great conversations about hockey while he was in orbit as well as before and after.

He once took the time and drove over to the NBL to meet up with my family when we were touring.

I was glad we were able to have him up to Boston and MIT for some school events and a Bruins game.

Good luck Bob!

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Thirsk has retired as vice-president of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. He is now on the board of directors for LIFT Philanthropy Partners.
LIFT Philanthropy Partners welcomes Dr. Robert Thirsk to board of directors

LIFT Philanthropy Partners is pleased to announce Dr. Robert Thirsk, O.C., O.B.C., has joined its board of directors. The physician, engineer and former astronaut brings a wealth of knowledge to LIFT and its efforts to support health, education, skills training and employment across Canada.

"We are pleased to welcome Robert Thirsk to our board of directors," said Jane Pepino, chair of LIFT Philanthropy Partners. "Robert's knowledge, experience and proven leadership will play an integral role in LIFT's efforts to support large-scale social change in Canada."

Robert has flown on two space missions as a member of the Canadian Space Agency's astronaut corps. In 1996, he flew aboard the Space Shuttle Columbia as part of a 17-day mission that studied life and materials sciences, and in 2009, he became the first Canadian astronaut to complete a long-duration expedition aboard the International Space Station.

Dr. Thirsk recently retired as vice-president of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. In this position, he ensured that the organization's partnerships advanced health research for the benefit of patients and the health care system.

"Health, education and skills training have been the foundation for my career dreams. By working strategically with community organizations, LIFT Philanthropy Partners provides these same kinds of opportunities for people across the country," said Dr. Thirsk. "I am pleased to join LIFT's board and contribute to its efforts to drive social change in Canada."

Robert Thirsk holds degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of Calgary and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He also holds a doctorate of medicine from McGill University, and a master of business administration from the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Read an interview with Robert Thirsk.

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