On , Canadian Space Agency (CSA) astronaut David Saint-Jacques departed for the International Space Station (ISS) alongside his Expedition 58 crewmates: Anne C. McClain and Oleg Kononenko.
They joined the Expedition 57 crew. Serena Auñón-Chancellor of NASA, Sergey Prokopyev of Roscosmos and Alexander Gerst of the European Space Agency (ESA) returned to Earth on December 20. David and his Expedition 58 crewmates made up a reduced three-person crew until mid-March 2019.
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!
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Expedition 59 crewmembers Nick Hague and Christina Koch of NASA and Alexey Ovchinin of Roscosmos arrived on the Station on March 14, 2019.
Their arrival marked the end of Expedition 58 and the beginning of Expedition 59.
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