Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques speaks with W5 from space

Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques speaks with W5 from space

Published March 22, 2019 10:00 a.m. ET

Getting a live interview with David Saint-Jacques from the International Space Station takes an army of engineers and weeks of co-ordination. W5's Peter Akman chats with the Canadian astronaut who gives us an update on his mission in space.

From the moment the live video connection was made with David Saint-Jacques, it was clear he was having the time of his life aboard the International Space Station.

For months, in the lead-up to this mission, W5 followed Saint-Jacques' training in Russia, the United States and during multiple stops across Canada.

For the 6-month mission, which began Dec. 20, 2018, the astronaut from Quebec City will take part in more than 250 experiments with 2 other astronauts.

WATCH the full episode of Peter Akman's W5 documentary, ' A Space Odyssey' 

Serious work, but Saint-Jacques is making it a priority to find time to enjoy his out-of-this-world experience and to keep a connection with his family—wife Veronique Morin and three children, two sons aged 5 and 7 and a 2-year-old daughter—in Quebec.

W5 was at the Saint-Jacques home in Montreal when they had a space-to-Earth waffle breakfast together -- with the help of high-tech radio signal and satellite coordinates.

It's a Saturday ritual for the Saint-Jacques family.

David Saint-Jacques on a video chat with his family, enjoying waffles. (Courtesy: Canadian Space Agency)

Here's the Saint-Jacques family enjoying Christmas Day, 2018 together. 

Saint-Jacques' family speaking with him via video link. Saint-Jacques' family speaking with him via video link (CSA)
David Saint-Jacques on board the ISS on Dec. 25, 2018 speaking with his family via video chat. David Saint-Jacques on board the ISS on Dec. 25, 2018 (CSA)
Veronique Morin speaks with W5's Peter Akman in the Saint-Jacques home in Montreal Veronique Morin speaks with Peter Akman in the Saint-Jacques home in Montreal (Kirk Neff / W5)

Earlier this month, Saint-Jacques passed the 100-day milestone on the International Space Station. And a few days ago, he delighted a classroom full of students in Calgary who were able to speak with him and ask him questions about space. 

"Every teacher that has ever taught me anything contributed to my training as an astronaut," he told the students

To end things off, here's Saint-Jacques signing off with his rendition of 'Fly Me to the Moon' from the ISS.