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
CTV.ca 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 CTV.ca here.