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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.

But most important of all is that she's a Been To Space Haver.

Nasa / The Canadian Press

A person's hair doesn't just do that. You have to be in zero motherflippin' gravity to get that look.

Here's how McGill University greeted the news of Payette's appointment, as if "McGill grad Julie Payette" makes any sense when you could write "space traveller Julie Payette" instead.

Same with the University of Toronto. How about: "Woman who gazed upon the Earth like a god about to do something new"?

Payette will officially take over as the Queen's representative in Canada from David Johnston later this year. The Queen has already approved her appointment.

Ishmael Daro is a social news editor for BuzzFeed and is based in Toronto.

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