Marc Garneau is a Canadian politician and former astronaut. He was born on February 23, 1949, in Quebec City, Canada.
Garneau had a distinguished career as an astronaut with the Canadian Space Agency, participating in three space missions, including two Space Shuttle flights in 1984 and 1996.
In 2001, he was appointed as the president of the Canadian Space Agency, a position he held until 2006.
Garneau entered politics in 2008, when he was elected as the Member of Parliament for the riding of Westmount—Ville-Marie in Montreal.
He has since been re-elected to the House of Commons several times, and has held a number of high-profile positions in government, including Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister of Transport, and President of the Canadian Space Agency.
Garneau is widely respected for his contributions to Canadian science and technology, and for his dedication to public service.
He was the first Canadian astronaut to travel into space, and has been awarded numerous honors and awards throughout his career, including the Order of Canada, the Meritorious Service Cross, and the NASA Space Flight Medal.
Marc Garneau Parents: Meet André Garneau, Jeanne Garneau
Marc Garneau’s father was André Garneau, a civil servant who worked for the Quebec government.
His mother was Jeanne Garneau, a nurse. Marc Garneau was born in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada, and grew up in the nearby town of Sainte-Foy.
He has credited his parents with instilling in him a strong work ethic and a love of learning, which helped him to succeed in his academic and professional pursuits.