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From geology training in the Canadian high Arctic, to exploring ocean beds in submarines, and venturing into otherworldly caves, astronauts are put to the test to make sure they are ready to meet and excel at the many challenges they will face during their mission, and to learn to conduct science. Similarly, before any new technology is sent to space, it also undergoes a rigorous testing process to ensure its reliability and performance. The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) has teamed up with XPAntarctik, a crew of six explorers on an expedition to Antarctica, and the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) to test Astroskin, a new "smart shirt" for space developed for the CSA by Carré Technologies.

CSA Astronaut David Saint-Jacques, who has an avid interest in polar exploration, follows and interacts with the expedition members on social media during their mission. Saint-Jacques wears an Astroskin prototype during his regular exercise routine, comparing and sharing his experience with the crew in Antarctica.

Learn more about Astroskin:
http://www.asc-csa.gc.ca/en...

Follow XPAntarctik's mission on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/XP... (page in French and English)

Follow David Saint-Jacques on Twitter:
www.twitter.com/astro_DavidS
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From geology training in the Canadian high Arctic, to exploring ocean beds in submarines, and venturing into otherworldly caves, astronauts are put to the test to make sure they are ready to meet and excel at the many challenges they will face during their mission, and to learn to conduct science. Similarly, before any new technology is sent to space, it also undergoes a rigorous testing process to ensure its reliability and performance. The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) has teamed up with XPAntarctik, a crew of six explorers on an expedition to Antarctica, and the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) to test Astroskin, a new "smart shirt" for space developed for the CSA by Carré Technologies.

CSA Astronaut David Saint-Jacques, who has an avid interest in polar exploration, follows and interacts with the expedition members on social media during their mission. Saint-Jacques wears an Astroskin prototype during his regular exercise routine, comparing and sharing his experience with the crew in Antarctica.

Learn more about Astroskin:
http://www.asc-csa.gc.ca/en...

Follow XPAntarctik's mission on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/XP... (page in French and English)

Follow David Saint-Jacques on Twitter:
www.twitter.com/astro_DavidS Show less

Canadian Astronaut Training Play

In space, it is critical that each astronaut be able to apply knowledge and skills for a specific mission as well as those that may be needed in the event of unforeseen circumstances. An astronaut must therefore have a wide variety of technical qualifications and interpersonal skills, which are developed through a customized training program that continues throughout his or her career—even during missions.

Expedition 34/35: Chris Hadfield on the ISS Play

For five months, from December 21, 2012 to May 13, 2013, Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield lived and worked aboard the International Space Station (ISS). He conducted Canadian and international science experiments, maintained the Space Station, operated Canadarm2 and performed robotics tasks. On March 13, 2013 he became the first Canadian Commander of the ISS. During his mission he captured in videos, photos and words his experience as an ISS astronaut.
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