International Space Station crew
The first International Space Station crew arrived at the Station on November 2, 2000. Since then, this orbiting laboratory has been permanently inhabited by small groups of astronauts from around the world, making it possible to maximize the Station's scientific potential.
During expeditions aboard the Station, astronauts are responsible for the following:
Living together in space
Members of an "Expedition" make up the Space Station's primary crew. They live there for three to six months.
Over the years, many countries have been represented aboard the Station. Americans and Russians have by far been the most numerous, but the Station also regularly has Canadian, Japanese and European astronauts in residence.
Scientists from South Korea, Malaysia, Kazakhstan, Brazil and South Africa have also spent time there. The Station is a regular international adventure!
Canadian astronauts aboard
Three Canadian astronauts have taken part in long-duration missions:
- Robert Thirsk, during Expedition 20/21 in ;
- Chris Hadfield, during Expedition 34/35 in /.
- David Saint-Jacques, during Expedition 58/59, in /.
Other Canadian astronauts have also travelled to the Station on U.S. space shuttle missions:
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