The observatory, located in the Fort Smith Star Park, will now officially be called the Dr Roberta Bondar Northern Observatory.
“It’s really nice to be alive [for the renaming],” she said. “It’s a huge honour.”
Mike Couvrette, TAWBAS Chair, says the society chose to honour Bondar because of the important role she has played in the growth of the society.
The roll-off roof observatory, now named after the astronaut, has two telescopes for observing the sky.