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Canada's Next Governor General Is A Goddamn Astronaut, Folks

Let's not lose sight of what's important here.

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau formally introduced Julie Payette as Canada's next governor general today in Ottawa. But it's not even going to be her most impressive accomplishment.

That's because she's been TO MOTHERFUCKING SPACE, y'all.

Robert Markowitz / The Canadian Press

Payette has been on two space missions — one of ten Canadians, and only the second Canadian woman, to leave the planet. From 2000 to 2007 she was the chief astronaut for the Canadian Space Agency.

Oh — she is also an accomplished pianist and singer, computer engineer, pilot, and deep-sea diver. She speaks six languages: French, English, Spanish, Italian, German, and Russian.


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