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Sidhartha Banerjee

Astronaut blasts off

LONGUEUIL, Que.—Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques blasted through the skies over Kazakhstan early today in what appeared to be a seamless launch of a Russian Soyuz rocket bound for the International Space Station.

The 48-year-old doctor and astronaut lifted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome with Anne McClain of NASA and Oleg Kononenko of the Russian space agency, Roscosmos.

Quebec woman aims to climb Mount Logan solo

MONTREAL—A Montreal mountaineer will try to become the first solo woman to climb Canada's highest mountain in a trek that begins next month.

Should Monique Richard reach the summit of Yukon's Mount Logan, she will be the first female to reach the top by herself, according to officials with Parks Canada and data it has compiled since the late 1800s.