Bjarni Valdimar Tryggvason was an Icelandic-born Canadian engineer and a NRC/CSA astronaut. He served as a Payload Specialist on Space Shuttle mission STS-85 in 1997, a 12-day mission to study changes in the Earth's atmosphere.
Bjarni Valdimar Tryggvason
September 21, 1945
|Died||April 5, 2022 (aged 76)|
|Alma mater||University of British Columbia, B.ASc 1972|
University of Western Ontario
Time in space
|11d 20h 28m|
|Selection||1983 NRC Group, NASA Astronaut Group 17|
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 had two children.
He earned degrees in engineering and worked as a meteorologist.
He was an astronaut with the Canadian Space Agency, and although he was born in Iceland, he considers his home country to be Canada.
He spent time in space, like legendary astronaut Neil Armstrong.
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● Bjarni Tryggvason was born on September 21, 1945 (age 76) in Reykjavik, Iceland ● He is a celebrity astronaut
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