Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques to conduct ground-breaking science in space
"Our government knows that investing in space technology and science aboard the International Space Station will have a direct and positive impact on the everyday lives of all Canadians. As we look to take on more space-related missions, the health experiments announced today will not only keep our astronauts safer and healthier, but will advance health-related innovations to keep Canadians, on Earth, healthier as well."
- The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development
In November 2018, David Saint-Jacques will launch aboard a Soyuz spacecraft to join an international crew in the ISS. Expedition 58/59 will be the first mission for David Saint-Jacques and will mark the 17th space flight for the Canadian Astronaut Corps.
Canada's space sector is comprised of nearly 10,000 well-paying jobs, including close to 3000 scientists and engineers.
In the past five years, over 400 professors and students from 17 universities across Canada, along with over 25 companies, have worked to advance our knowledge of health and life sciences in space.
Every six months, an average of 250 international space experiments are conducted onboard the ISS.
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