Behind the scenes - Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques trains in Russia

On and , Canadian media were granted special access to the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Russia, where they followed and filmed Canadian Space Agency (CSA) astronaut David Saint-Jacques and his crewmates as they trained for Expedition 58/59.

Here are images taken during the event.

Simulation of manual descent in a Soyuz capsule

CSA astronaut David Saint-Jacques is in a simulation of manual descent in a Soyuz capsule. The Soyuz is automated, but he must be ready to take over and fly it manually.

Photo of Canadian Space Agency astronaut David Saint-Jacques training in Russia

Credit: Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center (GCTC)

CSA astronaut David Saint-Jacques gives the media an inside look at a centrifuge, where astronauts experience the G-force they'll be subject to during space flight.

Photo of Canadian Space Agency astronaut David Saint-Jacques training in Russia

Credit: CSA

Photo of Canadian Space Agency astronaut David Saint-Jacques training in Russia

Credit: CSA

Emergency preparedness training

David Saint-Jacques and his crewmates take part in emergency preparedness training in Star City, Russia. They are practising how to handle one of the main hazards aboard the International Space Station: air contamination caused by an ammonia leak.

Photo of Canadian Space Agency astronaut David Saint-Jacques training in Russia

Credit: CSA

Photo of Canadian Space Agency astronaut David Saint-Jacques training in Russia

Credit: CSA

Photo of Canadian Space Agency astronaut David Saint-Jacques training in Russia

Credit: CSA

Photo of Canadian Space Agency astronaut David Saint-Jacques training in Russia

Credit: GCTC

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