Shuttle Veteran Named New Chief of Canadian Space Agency

Canada has selected two-time space shuttle veteran Steve MacLean to serve as president of the Canadian Space Agency. He replaces Guy Bujold, who has headed up the agency on an interim basis since January.

MacLean currently serves as CSA’s Chief Astronaut, coordinating activities for the space agency’s small astronaut corps. The agency is currently reviewing 5,000 applications to fill two open slots in the group.

MacLean’s official NASA bio states:

“From October 22 to November 1, 1992, Steve MacLean flew onboard Space Shuttle Columbia as a Payload Specialist for Mission STS-52. During this mission, he performed a set of seven experiments known as CANEX-2, which included the evaluation of the Space Vision System.

“MacLean was the Chief Science Advisor for the International Space Station from 1993 until 1994, when he was appointed Director General of the Canadian Astronaut Program for two years.

“In August 1996, MacLean began mission specialist training at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. After successfully completing basic training in 1998, he continued with advanced training while fulfilling technical duties in the NASA Astronaut Office Robotics Branch. Later, MacLean served as CAPCOM (Spacecraft Communicator) for both the International Space Station (ISS) Program and the Shuttle Program, at the Johnson Space Center.

“Steve MacLean went to space for the second time on Mission STS-115, and served as mission specialist on Space Shuttle Atlantis. MacLean became the first Canadian to operate Canadarm2 in space when the crew installed trusses and deployed solar array panels on the International Space Station. On this mission, Steve MacLean also became the second Canadian to walk in space.”