Training for the mission

Astronauts start preparing for a mission aboard the International Space Station (ISS) well before they are selected to travel to space.

David Saint-Jacques took spacewalk training at NASA's Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory in Houston, Texas. (Credit: NASA.)

The three phases of astronaut training:

Globetrotting while preparing

David Saint-Jacques began his mission-specific training in August 2016 at NASA's Johnson Space Center.

Since then, David has split his time between Canada, Europe, Japan, Russia and the United States, preparing for space flight. He follows customized training on the International Space Station and its various modules, the Soyuz spacecraft, Canadian and international science, and a variety of mission-specific tasks.

During his pre-assignment training phase in March 2014, David completed his robotics training in Canada. He holds the highest level of qualification.

David's schedule

Mission-specific training is very demanding. David must quickly pick up essential knowledge and skills, while also taking centre stage in public relations activities and regularly undergoing medical examinations.

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