October 22, 2020
The Governor General hosted a conversation entitled "Live from the Space Station" with astronauts Chris Cassidy and Kate Rubins aboard the International Space Station (ISS).
Chris Cassidy is a Navy Seal who was selected as an astronaut by NASA in 2004. He is a veteran of two previous space flights: STS‐127, alongside Madame Payette, and Expedition 35. He is currently serving as Commander aboard the ISS as part of the Expedition 63 mission and will return to Earth on Wednesday, October 21 after six months aboard the ISS.
Kate Rubins is a microbiologist and virologist who was selected by NASA in 2009 and completed her first spaceflight on Expedition 48/49, where she became the first person to sequence DNA in space. She is currently serving aboard the International Space Station for a six-month mission as a flight engineer for the Expedition 63/64 crew.
This virtual event was organized as part of the innovative GGconversations series that highlights outstanding Canadians in various areas of interest.