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Julie Payette

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Julie Payette in Ottawa in 2017
29th Governor General of Canada
In office
October 2, 2017 – January 21, 2021
Monarch Elizabeth II
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
Preceded by David Johnston
Succeeded by TBD
Personal details
Born October 20, 1963 (1963-10-20) (age 58)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Spouse(s) François Brissette (div. 1999)
William Flynn (div. 2015)
Children 1 son (aged 18)
Residence Rideau Hall
Education McGill University (BEng)
University of Toronto (MASc)
Space career
CSA astronaut
Time in space
25 days 11 h 57 min
Selection 1992 CSA Group
Missions STS-96, STS-127
Mission insignia
Sts-96-patch.svg STS-127 patch.png

Julie Payette (born October 20, 1963) is a Canadian businesswoman, former astronaut, engineer, and was the 29th Governor General of Canada.

Payette has completed two spaceflights, STS-96 and STS-127, logging more than 25 days in space. She served as chief astronaut for the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), and has served as capsule communicator at NASA Mission Control Center in Houston.

She resigned on January 21, 2020. She was the first Governor General to leave office due to scandal.

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