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Canadian astronaut planning new experiments for upcoming mission

Astronaut David Saint-Jacques speaks after he received the honourary medal of the National Assembly.
Astronaut David Saint-Jacques speaks after he received the honourary medal of the National Assembly. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Clement Allard

Astronaut dropped in on the Canadian Space Agency Wednesday to announce a number of experiments and talk about devices he will use when he visits the International Space Station.

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The Quebec City native was taking time out from training for his six-month mission which begins when he is launched in November 2018 aboard a Russian Soyuz vehicle.

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Saint-Jacques, 47, will be wearing a special smart shirt that’s designed to improve the ability to monitor the health of astronauts.

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He will also test a new instrument known as a bio-analyzer which will perform near real-time analysis of blood.

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Two new experiments were also announced, including one which will investigate and monitor the immune systems of astronauts during long-duration missions on the space station.

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Another experiment will study the impact of weightlessness, nutrition, physical activity and radiation on the cardiovascular system.