Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques set to launch into space
Click on the video above at 6 a.m. ET to watch live coverage of Saint-Jacques's launch. CBC News Network will also broadcast the interactive special featuring Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield.
Saint-Jacques will be joined by Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko and American astronaut Anne McClain on the mission, with liftoff scheduled for 6:31 a.m. ET Monday if all goes as planned. The trio is set to dock with the ISS six hours later.It's the first time a Canadian has been in space since 2013, when Hadfield gained immense popularity around the world by providing glimpses — and the occasional musical performance — into daily life on board the orbiting laboratory.
Saint-Jacques — a doctor who also holds degrees in engineering and astrophysics as well as a commercial pilot's licence — was initially scheduled to head to the ISS later this month, on Dec. 20. However, his launch was moved up after the malfunction of a Soyuz rocket in October forced minutes after takeoff.
This could be the last time a Canadian launches on board a Soyuz: NASA is preparing to return beginning in 2019, with two new crew capsules provided by SpaceX and Boeing.