Expedition 58/59 Crew

In November 2018, Canadian Space Agency (CSA) astronaut David Saint-Jacques will launch to the International Space Station (ISS) alongside his Expedition 58/59 crewmates: Serena M. Auñón-Chancellor and Oleg Kononenko.

When they reach the ISS, they will join their colleagues from Expedition 57/58: Nikolai Tikhonov, 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: Shannon Walker, Andrey Babkin, and Oleg Skripochka.

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 on his first mission as a member of 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.

Serena M. Auñón-Chancellor

Serena M. Auñón-Chancellor Credit: NASA.

It's part of the human spirit to explore and you can't ignore that. It's nothing you can scientifically quantify or qualify any further but it is part of the human spirit to explore.

Serena M. Auñón-Chancellor

Serena M. Auñón-Chancellor's career is similar to David's in that she started out as an engineer before going into medicine. Both of them were recruited in 2009, David by the CSA and Serena by NASA.

Nationality: American.

Date and place of birth: April 9, 1976, Indianapolis, Indiana.

Background: Astronaut, electrical engineer, doctor (internal and aerospace medicine).

Recruitment: 2009, NASA Astronaut Group 20.

Early astronaut career: Serena started her career in NASA as a flight surgeon in 2006. She was recruited as an astronaut in 2009 and completed her basic training in November 2011.

  • 2010-2011: She spent two months in Antarctica as part of the Antarctic Search for Meteorites (ANSMET) project.
  • June 2012: Serena operated the DeepWorker submersible, a one-seater submarine that acts as an analogue for a space exploration vehicle, during NEEMO 16.
  • June and August 2016: She was one of the aquanauts in a space mission simulation aboard the Aquarius underwater laboratory during NEEMO 20.
  • She acted as lead capcom for the SpaceX-4 and SpaceX-8 resupply missions, in 2014 and 2016 respectively.

Missions: First space mission.

Learn more about Serena M. Auñón-Chancellor.

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 myself I always wanted to become a cosmonaut.

Oleg Kononenko

Oleg Kononenko has extensive experience in spaceflight: 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 long, 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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