An astrophysicist, commercial pilot license holder, a doctor, a husband and a father who speaks as many as 5 languages is going to the ISS. In this November, Canadian astronomer David Saint-Jacques is just 7 months away from his journey to the International Space Station.
Saint-Jacques’ career experience is quite colourful. He earned a degree in Engineering and he worked in the field for 2 years. Then, he went for his PhD in astrophysics. Moreover, he worked in some of the notable facilities in the field. Nonetheless, he was still hungry. In his 30s the engineer and astrophysicist embarked on a new career. He went to med school. Moreover, he went to the far northern part of Canada in a small Inuit community on the eastern shore of Hudson Bay to practice.
Did he stop there? No, instead he became hungrier. During med days he sailed in the ocean and climbed mountains. Meanwhile, he got his license as a commercial pilot.
These achievements helped him to go more. Before even stepping on his 40th year, he got selected for Canada’s space program. As a matter of fact, 3700 Canadians applied for this only two got selected. David is one of the rare two.
Going to the space equally tough and exciting. In fact, it’s an adventurous experience the best of the best get.
For last two years, David Saint-Jacques going through hard training sessions. In addition, to master the skills he trained himself in Europe, Russia, Japan, and the USA.
He trained himself under water, in the Argos where instructor watched, assessed, and scrutinized every move he made. “All these training sessions represent things that I must know. And I must master, not to please an instructor or to pass a test. I must know them if I want to survive”, David was speaking to a The National journalist.