An Icalandic-born Canadian engineer and an NRS/CSA astronaut, Bjarni Valdimar Tryggvason sadly passed away at the age of 76. Bjarni was one of the Canadian’s first astronauts. According to the sources, the news of his death was confirmed by the Canadian Space Agency and Bjarni was part of Canada’s original six space voyageurs. He also served as a Payload Specialist on Space Shuttle mission STS-85 in 1997, a 12-day mission to study changes in the atmosphere of the Earth. His death was a big loss for the entire Canadian Space Agency.
Since the news of his death was confirmed, his loved ones and former colleagues expressed their deep condolence to him. Marc Garneau, the Member of the House of Commons of Canada took Twitter and wrote,” I can’t believe my friend Bjarni Tryggvason is gone. We were both chosen as astronauts in 1983. He was the smartest engineer I ever met and a supremely skilled pilot. He taught me how to fly and patiently corrected me when I got it wrong. He was a fine human being. I miss him”. Any post didn’t reveal the cause of his death but it will be officially confirmed by the officials.
How Did Bjarni Valdimar Tryggvason Die?
On another side, the Canadian Space Agency wrote,” It is with profound sadness and heavy hearts that we learned that former CSA astronaut Bjarni Tryggvason has passed away”.
Bjarni Valdimar Tryggvason was born on September 21, 1945, in Reykjavik, Iceland but he spent his childhood in Vancouver, British Columbia after attending high school in Richmond, BC. He took a BA. Sc, a degree in engineering physics from the University of British Columbia in 1972 and finished his postgraduate work in engineering with a specialization in applied mathematics and fluid dynamics at the University of Western Ontario.
Who Was Bjarni Valdimar Tryggvason?
Later, the astronaut worked as a meteorologist with the cloud physics group at the Atmospheric Environment Service in Toronto in 1972 and 1973. He has orbited the Earth 189 times while performing his experiments on the atmosphere and the effect of space flight on the equipment of the shuttle.
He left the program in 2008 and return to Western University to teach. He also flew a replica of the Silver Dart in 2009 which was the first heavier than air machine to fly in Canada. His former colleagues remembered him fondly as a meticulous engineer and inventor as well. During his service, he achieved lots of honors and respect from the nation. He was also awarded with the NASA Space Flight Medal in 1997, the Innovators Award of the Canadian Space Agency (2004), and the Knight’s Cross of the Icelandic Order of the Falcon.