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David Saint-Jacques launchiversary

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Uploaded on November 29, 2019

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David Saint-Jacques launchiversary

2019-11-29 - One year ago, CSA astronaut David Saint-Jacques launched to the International Space Station for the longest Canadian astronaut mission to date (204 days). Here are a few special moments of his mission.

(Credits: Canadian Space Agency, NASA, ESA, Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center, Roscosmos, Trio Orange)

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On December 3, 2018, David Saint-Jacques had a dream come true. He flew to the International Space Station for a six-and-a-half month mission in space.

When astronauts are quarantined before going to space, what was once a dream begins to feel more and more real.

The launch on December 3 was a success!

David’s journey to the Space Station lasted six hours.

Once on board, a very busy schedule awaited the astronauts.

Welcome onboard the Space Station.

From conducting science experiments to maintaining the Space Station, working out every day, and communicating with young Canadians all over the country, performing a wide variety of tasks to ensure the success of the mission.

It is a very humbling privilege to be here. Very, very few people have had that chance to see these views.

David had the chance to take part in a world first: the test flight of the Crew Dragon spacecraft.

Farewell, Dragon! Farewell, Ripley.

On March 14, three new crewmates arrived on the Station.

On April 8, David Saint-Jacques conducted his first spacewalk.

Good morning, TC. Ready.

He was accompanied by NASA astronaut Anne McClain.

For six and a half hours, they carried out a number of tasks, including connecting cables to provide an alternate power supply for Canadarm2.

David became the fourth Canadian Space Agency astronaut to perform a spacewalk.

We take time to look around us. We take time to try to let it all sink in. To be honest, I’m sure it will take weeks, months, or maybe even years for the experience to really sink in.

He controlled Canadarm2 to capture SpaceX’s Dragon cargo ship.

Welcome onboard Dragon!

We were backing away, and we could see the Space Station and the solar panels gradually receding. I noticed movement. We still had the impression that we weren’t moving, that we were floating.

It reminded me a bit, perhaps, of the impact one feels in a car crash. It was a very abrupt stop.

The wave is very strong, this enormous wave that brought me here. It was quite a trip. I am completely blown away.

It is very touching and it is very humbling. And it makes you want to go back to Earth and help make it better.

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