Space exploration may not quite be the final frontier of cooperation between Canada and Russia — but it's close. In spite of successive rounds of economic and diplomatic sanctions — as a result of issues such as Russia's role in Ukraine and Syria — the job of blasting people into orbit has remained remarkably untouched by the bitter divide between Russia and its western space partners, which includes Canada. "I like to view myself that I am standing on a bridge above all the unrest and tensions," said David Saint-Jacques, Canada's next space-bound traveller, who is scheduled to launch in December. Bad feelings between Canada and Russia don't matter in space, says astronaut David Saint-Jacques | CBC News And yet, it isn't all that unique. Most people can still do this.