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Bjarni Tryggvason

Astronaut
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Net worth 2018: $1.6 Million
Industry: Scientists
Residence: Reykjavik
BirthDay: 21 September 1945
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Education: University of Western Ontario, University of British Columbia
BIOGRAPHY

Bjarni Tryggvason was bornon 21 September 1945 in Reykjavik, Canadian, Icelander, is Astronaut. 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.

TIMELINE
2004

He returned temporarily to work at the CSA in 2004 and retired in June 2008

2001

*In 2001 he took a leave from the CSA and worked in the private sector till 2003

1997

In 1997, he served as a Payload Specialist on STS-85, a 12-day mission to study changes in the Earth’s atmosphere

1996

He also served as the principal investigator for several projects including the development of the Large Motion Isolation Mount (LMIM) which flew numerous times on NASA KC-135 and DC-9 aircraft; the Microgravity vibration Isolation Mount (MIM) which operated on the Russian space station, Mir, from April 1996 until January 1998 to support several Canadian and US experiments in material science and fluid physics; and of the MIM-2 which flew on STS-85 in August 1997

1992

He was selected as one of the original six Canadian astronauts in December 1983, and trained as a backup payload specialist to Steve MacLean for the CANEX-2 set of experiments, which flew on Mission STS-52 from 22 October to 1 November 1992

1981

In 1981, he started teaching graduate courses on structural dynamics and random vibrations as a part-time lecturer at the University of Ottawa and Carleton University

1979

He returned to the University of Western Ontario as a lecturer in applied mathematics in 1979 and held this position till 1982

1978

During this time he also started teaching as a guest research associate, first at the Kyoto University, Japan, in 1978, followed by James Cook University in Townsville, Australia

1974

He joined the University of Western Ontario as a research associate at the Boundary Layer Wind Tunnel Laboratory in 1974

1972

In 1972, he was appointed as a meteorologist with the cloud physics group at the Atmospheric Environment Service in Toronto where he worked till 1973

1945

He was born on 21 September 1945 in Reykjavík, Iceland

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