Canada is going to have two new astronauts! Two Albertans were named to represent Canada in space on our nation’s 150th birthday.
— CanadianSpaceAgency (@csa_asc) July 1, 2017
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau used the Canada Day celebrations in Ottawa to name Joshua Kutryk and Jennifer Sidey as the newest members of the Canadian Space Agency’s astronaut team. Kutryk of Fort Saskatchewan is an air force pilot with degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Defence Studies; Sidey, of Calgary, is a lecturer with the University of Cambridge who has worked as a Mechanical Engineer.
These two remarkable individuals made it from the initial pool of 3,772 applicants who met the minimum criteria set by the CSA and next up for the pair is a two-year training program at Johnston Space Centre in Houston later this month that includes instruction on systems on the International Space Station, spacewalks and Russian language training.
It is a question if they will bring as much attention to the space program as a previous Canadian astronaut; Chris Hadfield did during his time in the program, especially his stint on the International Space Station from December 2012 until May 2013, over the course of which he released a multitude of videos and tweets meant to entertain and inform kids back on earth.
You can learn more about the Canadian Space Agency and becoming an astronaut here.
Image from the Canadian Space Agency Twitter.
Video from CSA Youtube channel.