Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada, undertook a working visit to the Republic of Kazakhstan from December 3 to 5, 2018.
Her Excellency traveled to the Cosmodrome in Baikonur for the launch of Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques on his mission to the International Space Station (ISS). In Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan, the Governor General met with His Excellency Nursultan Nazarbayev, President of Kazakhstan. She also attended an official luncheon on women’s leadership and visit Kazakhstan’s National Space Center.
Monday, December 3
Her Excellency attended the launch of Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques and his crewmates Anne McClain and Oleg Kononenko to the International Space Station (ISS). Expedition 58 is taking Mr. Saint-Jacques on a six-month mission to test new technologies and conduct a series of scientific experiments and robotics tasks on board the orbiting laboratory.
Tuesday, December 4
Her Excellency travelled to Astana where she participated in a luncheon on Women's Leadership hosted by the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan. She met with the President of Kasakhstan, His Excellency Nursultan Nazarbayev, and the Speaker of the Senate, His Excellency Kassym-Jomart Tokayev. She ended the day on skates, as she glided alongside young Kazakhstani hockey players and Canadian Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) stars from the Barys Astana Hockey team.
Wednesday, December 5
The Governor General visited the National Space Center.