Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques has new launch date

Canadian Space Agency Press Release | November 1, 2018

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Canadian Space Agency astronaut David Saint-Jacques and his crewmates are targeted to launch to the International Space Station (ISS) on Dec. 3, 2018.

David Saint-Jacques watches intently as the Soyuz MS-09 launcher (Expedition
56/57) rolls toward its launchpad in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. Sean Costello Photo

This new launch schedule will help guarantee the continuity of world-class science and time-critical operations on the Space Station.

Saint-Jacques has trained for two years for this mission and during the last five months, he has served twice as part of a backup crew.

Saint-Jacques will bring a broad set of skills to the ISS.

As a fully trained spacewalker and robotic operator, he will provide critical capabilities during a period when multiple spacewalks and maintenance tasks are required.

As a medical doctor, Saint-Jacques will ensure the crew is cared for in their remote outpost.

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