July 10, 2019, Longueuil, Quebec – Today the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister
of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, was at the Canadian Space Agency
(CSA) headquarters to welcome Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques during his
first visit since returning to Earth.
From December 3, 2018, to June 24, 2019, David Saint-Jacques lived and worked on
board the International Space Station (ISS). At 204 days, his mission was the longest
conducted by a Canadian astronaut to date. While in space, David became the fourth
CSA astronaut to perform a spacewalk and the first to use Canadarm2 to catch a visiting
spacecraft. Together, he and his crewmates dedicated a record amount of time to
science on the ISS.
"Today, I am happy to welcome one of our space explorers back to Canada. David showed
the resourcefulness, intelligence, courage and determination that make him such
a great role model to our youth. His record-setting accomplishments in space demonstrate
why our new Space Strategy is an investment in our future and youth." The Honourable
Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development