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Hey, Canada! Want to go to space? Apply now!

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Scott Sutherland
Meteorologist/Science Writer

Friday, June 17, 2016, 3:38 PM - Hey, Canadian space enthusiasts! Do you have an engineering or science degree, a few years work experience, and are in good health? Apply now to be one of Canada's next generation of space explorers!

Just a month ago, the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) announced that David Saint Jacques would be Canada's next representative on the International Space Station, for a mission slated for 2018.

Now, for only the fourth time since the CSA was founded, the agency has swung open their doors to add to their roster.

Starting on June 17, and running through until August 15, the CSA is taking applications for Canada's next astronauts.


According to the requirements listed on the CSA's website, applicants can be residents of Canada or Canadians living abroad, with preference given to Canadian citizens. Proficiency with English, French or both is required. Applicants should have a bachelors' degree in engineering or science, or they can be a medical doctor or dentist. They are looking for at least three years professional experience in a field relevant to the applicant's degree (with advanced degrees counting towards that requirement), or a license to practice medicine in Canada. In addition, there are height and weight limits, minimum standards for vision and hearing acuity, and other health requirements.

The ability to travel, without family, is a must, of course.

Although the successful applicants would first be sent to such destinations as CSA headquarters in Saint-Hubert, Quebec, NASA Johnson Space Center, in Houston, Texas and destinations in Russia for specific training, ultimately, the travel requirement would refer to a potential visit to low-Earth orbit, or perhaps even beyond, depending on what advances are made in human space exploration in the next few years.

Many will apply. Only two will be chosen.

Do you have what it takes? Check out the CSA's website for more information!

Credit: CSA

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