Chris Hadfield is probably the coolest Canadian astronaut who’s launched into space. No disrespect to our other astronauts, you’re all cool too (you have been to space, after all)! It’s just that Chris Hadfield was not only the first Canadian commander of the International Space Station (ISS), he’s also, as far as we know, the first singing astronaut. But as much as we love him, it looks like he’s going to be staying on earth for a while. In the meantime, the Canadian Minister of Science and Innovation has announced we’re sending another Canadian, Dr. David Saint-Jacques, into space for six months in 2018.
No word yet on if he’ll be writing music about his days at the ISS, but he does have some pretty amazing credentials already. Saint-Jacques happens to be not just an astronaut, but also a medical doctor, engineer, astrophysicist, pilot and father of two. Oh, and he speaks five languages. If we could accomplish just one of those things in our lifetime, we’d be happy!
Saint-Jacques is 46 years old, born in Quebec City, raised in Saint-Lambert and apparently a lover of space since childhood. During the announcement for this mission, he told an audience of students that he first became enamoured with the idea of exploring space when he was shocked to learn that a picture of the earth was taken from the moon.
It already seems like Saint-Jacques has that childlike awe and curiosity about space that gets everyone excited for a manned mission. Heck, we’re excited and we’re not really even involved! Also, is it just us, or does he look a little like Bradley Cooper?
Weird… But good.
Plus, he has the Hadfield seal of approval, so that gives him quite a few points in our book.
— Chris Hadfield (@Cmdr_Hadfield) May 16, 2016
We’re eager to follow David’s training and expedition in 2018!