Expedition 58/59 Crew

On December 20, 2018 (the night of December 19–20 in North America), Canadian Space Agency (CSA) astronaut David Saint-Jacques will depart for the International Space Station (ISS) alongside his Expedition 58/59 crewmates: Anne C. McClain and Oleg Kononenko.

David Saint-Jacques and his crewmates Oleg Kononenko (Roscosmos) and Anne McClain (NASA) take training in the Soyuz simulator in Star City. (Credit: Canadian Space Agency)

When they reach the ISS, they will join their colleagues from Expedition 57/58: Nick Hague and Aleksey Ovchinin (ISS commander).

During the last two months of their mission, after the Expedition 57/58 crewmembers have left the Station, David and his crewmates will be joined by the crewmembers of Expedition 59/60: Oleg Skripochka and Christina Hammock Koch.

David Saint-Jacques

David Saint-Jacques Credit: CSA

This space adventure will give me a whole new perspective of the world. I can't wait to share my view of our planet from my "balcony" aboard the International Space Station. I hope my enthusiasm will rub off on others!

David Saint-Jacques

David Saint-Jacques will travel to space and serve as flight engineer for Expedition 58/59. While in orbit, he will share his passion for the world around us and for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

Nationality: Canadian.

Date and place of birth: January 6, 1970, Quebec City, Quebec.

Background: Astronaut, biomedical engineer, astrophysicist, primary care physician in a remote area.

Recruitment: 2009, third Canadian Space Agency (CSA) astronaut recruitment campaign.

Early astronaut career: David is part of NASA Astronaut Group 20. He completed his basic training in 2011.

  • October 2011: During NEEMO 15, David was involved in a simulated asteroid visit in the Aquarius underwater laboratory.
  • September 2012: David participated in CAVES 2012, a space mission simulation held in a cave system in Sardinia.
  • Since completing his basic training, David has held various positions at NASA: member of the robotics branch of the Astronaut Office, capcom instructor, and support astronaut for Expedition 35/36.
  • He was lead capcom for Expedition 38 and the Cygnus-3, Cygnus-4 and SpaceX-6 resupply missions, and deputy capcom for the Cygnus-1 and Cygnus-2 resupply missions.

Missions: First space mission.

Learn more about David Saint-Jacques.

Anne C. McClain

Anne C. McClain Credit: NASA.

Exploration unifies people. It gives us promise that there is something more out there. It satisfies a collective curiosity that we all have, a sense of accomplishment when we find out something new. The idea of discovery is magical.

Anne C. McClain

Like David Saint-Jacques, Anne McClain will be going to space for the first time. She recognizes the importance of everything she has learned so far, during her military education and throughout her career. She will use this space mission as an opportunity to encourage young people to pursue their studies in order to achieve their dreams.

Nationality: American.

Date and place of birth: June 7, 1979, Spokane, Washington.

Background: Astronaut, mechanical/aeronautical engineer, major in the U.S. Army.

Major McClain is a Senior Army Aviator and has logged more than 2,000 flight hours in 20 different rotary and fixed-wing aircraft.

Recruitment: 2013, NASA Astronaut Group 21.

Early astronaut career: Anne was recruited as an astronaut in 2013 and completed her basic training in July 2015.

Her astronaut candidate training included scientific and technical briefings, intensive instruction in International Space Station systems, spacewalks, robotics, physiological training, Russian classes, T-38 flight training, and water and wilderness survival training.

  • March 2017: She acted as capcom during Peggy Whitson and Shane Kimbrough's spacewalk.

Missions: First space mission.

Learn more about Anne C. McClain.

Oleg Kononenko

Oleg Kononenko Credit: Roscosmos.

My entire life is flying. Flying in space. It seems to me that I was born thinking that I must become a cosmonaut. As far back as I remember, I always wanted to become a cosmonaut.

Oleg Kononenko

Oleg Kononenko has extensive experience in space flight: he already has three missions under his belt. During Expedition 58/59, he will pilot the Soyuz, assisted by co-pilot David Saint-Jacques.

Nationality: Russian.

Date and place of birth: June 21, 1964, Chardzhou, Turkmenia.

Background: Astronaut, mechanical engineer.

Recruitment: 1996, 102nd cosmonaut.

Early cosmonaut career: Oleg was recruited as a cosmonaut in March 1996 and completed his basic training at the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in 1998.

  • 1998: Oleg started taking the required training for cosmonauts selected to be part of the International Space Station Program.
  • 1999: He was assigned to RSC Energia as a test cosmonaut.
  • Since 2001, he has received backup crewmember training on four occasions.

Missions: Oleg has been on three space missions, during which he spent a total of 533 days in space and went on three spacewalks (18 hours and 31 minutes).

April 8 to October 24, 2008: He took part in his first space mission, which lasted 199 days, with cosmonaut Sergei Volkov. On the ISS, they joined NASA astronaut Garrett Reisman for the first part of their mission, and Greg Chamitoff for the second part. Oleg performed two spacewalks, totalling 12 hours and 16 minutes.

December 21, 2011 to July 1, 2012: He went into orbit for the second time, as Soyuz commander, Expedition 30 flight engineer and Expedition 31 ISS commander. His crew consisted of astronauts Don Pettit (NASA) and André Kuipers (ESA). Oleg spent 193 days in space and performed a spacewalk that lasted 6 hours and 15 minutes.

July 23 to December 11, 2015: Oleg travelled to space for the third time and acted as Soyuz commander and ISS flight engineer. His crewmembers were Kimiya Yui (JAXA) and Kjell Lindgren (NASA). His mission lasted 142 days.

Learn more about Oleg Kononenko.

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