Robert ThirskStatus: Retired 8/17/1953 – Nationality: Canadian Type: Government First Flight: 6/20/1996 Last Flight: 5/27/2009Robert Brent Thirsk, OC OBC (born August 17, 1953) is a Canadian engineer and physician, and a former Canadian Space Agency astronaut. He holds the Canadian records for the longest space flight (187 days 20 hours) and the most time spent in space (204 days 18 hours).LaunchesSpace Shuttle Columbia / OV-102 | STS-78Soyuz-FG | Soyuz TMA-15Canadian Space AgencyType: Government Abbreviation: CSAFounded: 1990Country: CANThe Canadian Space Agency was established by the Canadian Space Agency Act which received Royal Assent on May 10, 1990. The Canadian space program is administered by the Canadian Space Agency. Canada has contributed technology, expertise and personnel to the world space effort, especially in collaboration with ESA and NASA. In addition to its astronauts and satellites, some of the most notable Canadian technological contributions to space exploration include the Canadarm on the Space Shuttle and Canadarm2 on the International Space Station.