Canada didn’t take the recruitment process for its space agency lightly. On the contrary, there were around 3,700 candidates who had to prove their worth for this prestigious institution for one entire year. In the end, the country gained two new astronauts who are extremely excited to start their work among the stars.
Jennifer Sidey and Joshua Kutryk Are the Two New Astronauts for Canada
Jennifer Sidey and Joshua Kutryk have recently been chosen as the newest generation of astronauts for Canada. The official ceremony took place over the weekend in a hotel lobby in Ottawa. Dave Williams welcomed the two of them to the team. Williams himself participated in two space missions in 1998 and 2007.
Kutryk is a 35-year-old who used to be a test pilot for the air force. Joshua has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and a master’s one in defense studies. As for Sidey, she worked at the University of Cambridge as a lecturer and has experience in mechanical engineer.
Sidey admitted that she has been dreaming of this moment since she was a four-year-old child. This was when Dr. Roberta Bondar was on board the Discovery mission for NASA in 1992. Since then, Dr. Bondar acted as a real role model in the eyes of Sidey.
Both Recruits Intend to Act as Role Models for Young Generations
The two new astronauts recollected the challenges they went throughout last year to embark on such an exciting career. They were trained and tested in two main aspects, physical and mental. Kutryk claimed that the hardest tests were those that combined the two of them. For instance, candidates had to solve difficult puzzles while standing at the bottom of a pool.
The two recruits will be heading in a few weeks to NASA headquarters. They will remain here for two years to undertake training under the supervision of Canada’s Jeremy Hansen. Both of them hope to inspire the youngest generations to reach for the stars, no matter the difficulties in their path.
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