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.
Spacewalkers @AstroAnnimal and @Astro_DavidS make their way to the first work site today, getting accustomed to being outside the station. #AskNASA | https://t.co/cBNqC61h27 pic.twitter.com/0qpKAR0Xp8
— Intl. Space Station (@Space_Station) April 8, 2019
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.