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Ottawa to invest in ISS, two Canadian astronauts heading into space

Two more Canadian astronauts are headed into space, the government will announce on Tuesday as it commits about $350-million to the International Space Station to secure a continued presence in the orbiting research laboratory.


June 2, 2015
By The Globe and Mail

This pledge will ensure that both Lieutenant-Colonel Jeremy Hansen and David Saint-Jacques, the two Canadians training as astronauts, can make the trip to the station, which circles the Earth at an altitude of about 400 kilometres.

One visit will take place before 2019, and the second by 2024, sources said. Countries earn credit toward trips to the space station based on their contributions to building and maintaining it.

The last Canadian in space was Chris Hadfield, the first Canadian to command the ISS. He left the space station in May, 2013. | READ MORE