One of Canada’s two newest astronauts has got his ticket to ride.
46-year-old David Saint-Jacques of Quebec is booked on a Russian Soyuz rocket that takes off for the International Space Station in November 2018.
He’ll take part in a six-month mission becoming the ninth Canadian astronaut in space – the last was Chris Hadfield, who became the first Canadian commander of the I-S-S during a five-month visit in 2013.
Saint-Jacques says got the idea to become an astronaut after seeing a photo of Earth from space as a boy.
He was named one of Canada’s latest astronauts in 2009 along with 40-year-old Jeremy Hansen of London.
Saint-Jacques, who has degrees in medicine, engineering and astrophysics, thanked previous astronauts for their inspiration and mentorship.