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Natasha Kumar By Natasha Kumar Dec1,2023

Archives | The adventures of David Saint-Jacques around the Earth

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David Saint-Jacques talks about his stay on the International Space Station on the occasion of a press conference at the International Space Agency.


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On December 3, 2018, Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques flew to the International Space Station. During this 204-day mission, it will perform several experiments that will contribute to a better understanding of the effects of long-term life in orbit.

Hello, ladies and gentlemen, this is the culmination of years of preparation. Astronaut David Saint-Jacques is inside the International Space Station this evening.

A quote from Céline Galipeau, December 3, 2018

This is how Céline Galipeau, anchor of Téléjournal, recalls that on December 3, 2018, a Canadian, David Saint-Jacques, has just taken off from the Baikonur rocket launch base in Kazakhstan.

For six months, the astronaut will accomplish, with six colleagues, a mission in the International Space Station, located 400 kilometers in orbit around the Earth.

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This is the longest stay of a Canadian astronaut in space.

Report by correspondent Tamara Alteresco on the departure of astronaut David Saint-Jacques to the International Space Station and analysis by journalist Frédéric Arnould on the technical details of the International Space Station

Our correspondent in Russia Tamara Alteresco, present in Baikonur during takeoff, recalls that David Saint-Jacques is only the eighth Canadian to be invited to participate in a scientific expedition inside the Space Station international.

During his stay, the Canadian astronaut will conduct several medical experiments and even be a guinea pig to better understand the effects of long-term life in a space vehicle.

David Saint-Jacques became during this expedition the fourth Canadian Space Agency astronaut to go into space and the first to use the Canadarm2 to catch a cargo ship.

David Saint-Jacques' workplace, the International Space Station, explains journalist Frédéric Arnould, had been orbiting our planet for 20 years already.

Its cruising speed of 40,000 kilometers/h allows it to cover 16 times the distance between the Earth and the Moon daily.

Living conditions there, however, are rather Spartan.

Céline Galipeau points out, for example, that there is only the equivalent of five bedrooms for seven people.

< p class="StyledImageCaptionLegend-sc-57496c44-2 sbxsP">Report by journalist Michel Marsolais on the press conference given by David Saint-Jacques from the International Space Station

On December 10, 2018, David Saint-Jacques gave his first press conference after being in orbit for a week.

That day on Téléjournal/Le midi,journalist Michel Marsolais reported on the astronaut's comments to Geneviève Asselin who hosts the show.

David Saint-Jacques experiences discomfort caused by the state of weightlessness in which he finds himself.

The astronaut, however, seems to ignore this situation.

He focuses instead on the beauty of the Earth seen from space and the dazzling feeling he feels when contemplating the blue planet.

After six months orbiting the Earth, David Saint-Jacques returns to the real world.

Report by correspondent Tamara Alteresco on the return to Earth of astronaut David Saint-Jacques

This return is the subject of a report by the correspondent in Russia Tamara Alteresco on Téléjournal on June 25, 2019 hosted by Céline Galipeau.

We understand when listening to this story that David Saint-Jacques' prolonged stay in space will require readjustment to the conditions that exist on Earth.

The astronaut, extricated from the Soyuz capsule after his Russian and American colleagues Oleg Kononenko and Anne McClain, seems unable to walk.

< p class="StyledBodyHtmlParagraph-sc-48221190-4 hnvfyV">If he confirms to Tamara Alteresco that he suffers from nausea, he shares in the same breath with the journalist the joy he feels at smelling the smell that emit the steppes of Kazakhstan.

Since 1983, Canada has recruited 14 astronauts. A total of nine have participated in 17 space missions.

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Natasha Kumar

By Natasha Kumar

Natasha Kumar has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Times Hub, Natasha Kumar worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my 1-800-268-7116

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