Mission specialist on STS-74 and performed multiple EVAs on STS-100. Currently training as the commander of Expedition 35.
It's our 144th birthday together. Happy Canada Day!
In the Dome sim - the last Space Shuttle crew training for docking with Space Station (Houston Chronicle photo)
My first Soyuz simulator! Summer 1964, nearly 5 years old. Never too early to start training ...
Filming the astronaut diving episode with YTV's In Real Life finalists: Christan, Tea and Sam
In the recording studio doing voiceover for my avatar. CSA program to be in schools across Canada in Sep 2012.
My avatar - it blinks and breathes! (will teach science and math on ISS. CSA education project for grades 6,9,10)
Protecting spaceships - this is why we have tall towers around the launch pads at the Kennedy Space Center, FL
The Stick - NASA T-38 training jet control column: big button is trim, the others are comm and nosewheel steering
Spacewalking gloves - bulbous yet beautiful. These are Class 1, meaning spaceflight-certified.
Flying the NT-38 jet. My kneeboard checklist and I have been around a while
Vacuum Chamber today - making sure my spacewalking gloves still fit
T38 canopy knife - in case you have to break your way out after a bad landing
Spacewalk computer - astronaut's view of the switches and screen, worn on our chest. This is the trainer
Spacewalk training with new CSA Astronaut Jeremy Hansen, at the Neutral Buoyancy Lab in Houston TX
climbing out of the Soyuz sim after 4 hours of emergency re-entries, including a cockpit filled with smoke
Lacing up the Soyuz pressure suit called 'Сокол' (Falcon). It protects us if the Soyuz springs a leak in space.
First suited Soyuz sim with Roman Yuirevich today - we mean business!
Soyuz Docking Target model - you can picture how it shows you alignment. We see it through the periscope.
A glance out the window of ISS - S Ontario yesterday, taken by astronaut Ron Garan. My homeland.
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