Chretien, Joseph Jacques Jean

Born: Aug 20, 1938 AD
Currently alive, at 77 years of age.

Nationality: French
Categories: Cosmonaut

1938 - Born on August 20th in La Rochelle, France. Chretien became the first astronaut from outside of either the United States or Russia to carry out extravehicular activities (EVA).

1957 - Married to Aline Chrétien on September 10th and had 3 children.

1961 - Chretien graduated from the L'Ecole de l'Air (French Air Force Academy) and received a master's degree in aeronautic engineering.

1970 - He became a fighter pilot in the French Air Force, entered the French test pilot school.

1977 - Worked as a test pilot, he was made a deputy commander of the Southern Air Defense Division in Provence.

1980 - He became an astronaut and was one of the final two candidates in a joint French-Soviet space project.

1993 - Elected Canadian Prime Minister in November.

1995 - He was appointed chief of CNES' astronaut's office, then posted to the NASA's Johnson Space Center.

1997 - Took part in the Space Shuttle mission.

2003 - Stepped down as Prime Minister of Canada. Replaced by Paul Martin.

2004 - Accepted a position at the Ottawa Law Firm that formerly employed the late Pierre Elliot Trudeau.
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