David Saint-Jacques Launchiversary

published on July 2, 2020

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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