2019-07-12 - Fifty years ago, Canadian expertise made humanity’s first steps on the Moon possible. Now, Canadian astronauts reflect on that incredible lunar legacy, and look ahead to a future when Canadian astronauts could one day participate in a Moon mission. (Credits: Canadian Space Agency, NASA, Héroux-Devtek)
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.