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David Saint-Jacques becomes fourth Canadian astronaut to complete spacewalk

Last Updated Apr 8, 2019 at 4:04 pm PDT

Astronauts David Saint-Jacques and Anne McClain wrapped up the third spacewalk of 2019 on Apr. 8 at 2pm ET after continuing station power system upgrades, (Source: International Space Station via Twitter)

David Saint-Jacques has become just the fourth Canadian astronaut to take part in a spacewalk

Canadian David Saint-Jacques' spacewalk comes on his first posting to the station, which began in December

LONGUEUIL, Que. – Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques has completed his first ever spacewalk.

Saint-Jacques and NASA astronaut Anne McClain accomplished the feat in six hours, 29 minutes, with no apparent issues.

Saint-Jacques, 49, joins an exclusive group of astronauts by becoming just the fourth Canadian to complete such a mission and the first from the country to do so since 2007.

He and McClain officially began their spacewalk shortly after 7:30 a.m. EDT according to the U.S. space agency — about half-an-hour ahead of schedule.

Their tasks included relocating a battery adaptor plate, upgrading the station’s wireless communication system and connecting jumper cables along the midpoint of the station’s main truss to give Canadarm2 an alternative power source.

Saint-Jacques arrived at the space station with McClain and Oleg Kononenko of the Russian space agency, Roscosmos on Dec. 3. He is scheduled to return to Earth in June.