Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques training in Moscow


Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques says he is trying to mentally prepare for his six-month mission aboard the International Space Station as he trains in Moscow. The mission launches on Dec. 20.

For Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques, it’s all about preparation as he continues his training four months before he blasts off into space.

Saint-Jacques, 48, is currently in Moscow along with U.S. astronaut Anne McClain and Russian Oleg Kononenko, who will join him on board a Soyuz aircraft when it launches for the International Space Station from Kazakhstan on Dec. 20.

“The goal is to get to the day of the launch with a clear mind and the confidence you have full possession of your faculties,” he said in an in-person interview with The Canadian Press on Thursday.



  1. So much of what these astronauts are learning will be obsolete within just a few years, because of the Centrifugal Propeller. This new technology can launch and return to Earth 5 or 6 times in a single day. It will continually accelerate in outer space, so you will have gravity in your spacecraft while accelerating and decelerating. It will replace all rockets, jet engines, air and marine propellers, and even cranes. It can be powered by a small nuclear reactor, so the space required for fuel storage ins minimal. It will make a trip to Mars little more than a day-trip.

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