Saturday, July 11, 2009

Infinity and Beyond

Canadian astronaut Robert Thirsk made another first this past week.

Astronaut Robert Thirsk wears his convocation hood after being granted an honorary degree, seen in Calgary via video link from the International Space Station, Wednesday, July 8, 2009. (Jeff McIntosh / THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Thirsk receives an honourary degree in space

Updated Wed. Jul. 8 2009 6:05 PM ET News Staff

Astronaut Robert Thirsk has become the first Canadian to receive an honourary degree from the University of Calgary in an out-of-the-world method, floating 400 km above the earth.

Thirsk's current six-month assignment to the International Space Station meant that he couldn't take part in the July 8 convocation ceremony. He joined the celebrations via a live video link.

The University of Calgary honoured Thirsk with an Honorary Doctor of Laws, a first for Canada and a first for space. ...

How cool is that? I wonder if SFU will give me an honorary degree when I make it into space? Go read the rest of this great story on here.

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