As Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield enjoys Christmas and New Year's on the International Space Station (ISS), it's interesting to see how things are changing. The work seems to be past all those years of pure assembly. The size of the astronaut crews is growing. There are now six crew members, not two. Crew members are staying on the !SS longer too. In 2009 Bob Thirsk was the first Canadian to stay for a long duration - 6 months. Chris Hadfield is up there for five months this time, and the second half of his trip he will be Commander of the ISS. The astronauts are talking about paving the way for future Canadian astronauts to participate in possible new long-term opportunities, such as missions to the moon or mars. Also, Canada has announced its participation in the International Space Station program until 2020. It looks like the relationship between Canada and the ISS is a good one.
Steve MacLean - President of the Canadian Space Agency