2019-11-01 - Canadian Space Agency astronauts Jenni Sidey-Gibbons and David Saint-Jacques, along with grade 6 student Hannah, invite Canadian educators and youth in grades 6 to 9 to register to the Junior Astronauts campaign. Young Canadians can test their skills and knowledge through the Canadian Space Agency's Junior Astronauts campaign with online activities in science and technology, fitness and nutrition, and teamwork and communications. Selected kids from across Canada will have the opportunity to come to the Canadian Space Agency in Saint-Hubert, Quebec for a week of training by astronauts, scientists and engineers. Participating teachers, educators and youth group leaders will also have an opportunity to win a visit by an astronaut or space expert to their school or youth organization. (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.