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After 6 months in space, Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques will return to Earth

WATCH: Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques holds final press conference from orbit

LONGUEUIL, Que. — Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques is set to return to Earth late Monday as his six-month mission comes to an end.

Speaking to reporters today from the International Space Station a final time before his return, Saint-Jacques says returning to gravity will take some getting used to, but he’s looking forward to seeing his wife and three children.

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Saint-Jacques’ first space mission, with NASA astronaut Anne McClain and Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko, began Dec. 3 when the trio arrived aboard a Soyuz capsule.

Among his highlights in orbit was a six-and-a-half hour spacewalk on April 8 — the first Canadian to walk in space since David Williams in 2007.

WATCH: David Saint-Jacques’ family speaks about his life in space

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David Saint-Jacques’ family speaks about life in space – Apr 4, 2019

In May, he used the station’s Canadarm 2 for a “cosmic catch” of SpaceX Dragon cargo — the first time the feat was performed by a Canadian using the Canadian-built technology aboard the space station.

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Saint-Jacques has also performed numerous science experiments while aboard the station.

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