2016-08-16 - This computer-generated animation shows Dextre picking up an International Docking Adaptor (IDA) from Space-X Dragon’s trunk. Riding on Canadarm2, Dextre then carries the IDA to the installation site to hand it off to two astronauts who will complete the installation. (Credit: Canadian Space Agency)
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.
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.