2020-01-31 - Canadian Space Agency astronaut David Saint-Jacques explains neutron radiation, which can pose serious health risks for astronauts on long-duration space missions. (Credit: Canadian Space Agency)
In November 2018 Canadian Space Agency astronaut David Saint-Jacques will fly to the International Space Station on his first mission. During his six months assignment, he will conduct a series of scientific experiments, robotics tasks and test new technologies.
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.