Jenni Sidey and Joshua Kutryk are Canada's newest astronauts

Alex Dolorey originally from the Moncton area was one of two Maritimers who came up short on their bids to become Canadian astronauts
Alex Dolorey originally from the Moncton area was one of two Maritimers who came up short on their bids to become Canadian astronauts
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04 July, 2017

According to the CSA, Calgary's Jennifer Sidey worked as a mechanical engineer, a combustion scientist and a lecturer at the Department of Engineering at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom.

"The two candidates whose names were announced Saturday, becoming the 13th and 14th the astronauts of the" history space" of Canada.

Astronaut candidate Sidey during the second series of aptitude tests. She said her greatest previous achievement was to become a lecturer at Cambridge, something she never dreamed of when she first moved to Britain in 2011 as a engineering graduate.

Sidey told the crowd she was inspired to become an astronaut in 1992 when Roberta Bondar went into space aboard the space shuttle Discovery.

The Canadian Space Agency has chosen Joshua Kutryk and Jennifer Sidey to join its astronaut corps.

"I have always wanted to leave the world a better place than I found it, and I believe that space is one area where I can do so, Kutryk said in a question and answer on the space agency's website".

"It's been a very long, tiring year. The waiting has been hard", Kutryk said.

The air force test pilot also joked about how the entire process has taken its toll on him.

It has been a whirlwind few days and Sidey said she's trying to absorb as much of the experience as she can. "When I was going through the selection process and I knew that I was going to be motivated by the people that were around me, that's where the team element definitely came in to play I think".

Even though the two soon-to-be-astronauts have completed a year of non-stop testing and examinations, they will now be headed to the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas on August 21, where they will join NASA's recently announced 22nd astronaut class to begin two years of basic training. There they will learn about everything from spacewalks to survival training aboard the International Space Station.

Two Alberta have won the competition of the canadian space Agency to join the team of astronauts of Canada.


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