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A Canadian First!

(Credit: NASA)

- Canadian Space Agency Astronaut Jeremy Hansen had a front row seat during the April 23 contingency spacewalk to replace a failed backup computer on the International Space Station.

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Canada's astronauts are modern-day explorers. They embody the spirit of the Canadian Space Program and their courage and commitment are a source of inspiration to many. Their main job is to develop, support, train for and fly on international space missions, and their unique experience helps further scientific research and advanced technology development. Since 1983, Canada recruited twelve astronauts and eight of these exceptional individuals have flown on 16 space missions.

Astronauts also play a key role in raising awareness about Canada's activities in space, and inspiring and motivating youth to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math.