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Canadian astronaut prepares for Space Voyage

By Moushumi Chakrabarty     Feb 19, 2009 in Technology
The first Canadian to spend six months at the International Space Station, Dr Robert Thirsk is preparing for his blast-off aboard a Soyuz rocket this May-end from Baïkonur, Kazakhstan.
The half-year stay will also be the longest for Canada’s Human Space Program, according to a report on This will be Thirsk’s second foray into space, but he is optimistic about enjoying it every bit as his first time. He will serve as the team’s medical officer but will still have to do ‘toilet duty’, the only part of the trip he is not looking forward too, he says.
Among his more exciting duties are taking charge of the robotics on the space station using the Canadarm 2. This Canadian Mobile Servicing System has important roles to play in the space station including assembly and maintenance, moving equipment and servicing instruments. Canadarm 2 is even more powerful than its predecessor and can travel all over the space station.
Thirsk’s mission will also engage in studies of the effects of zero-gravity on the human body over a long period of time.
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