Canada has select two new astronauts – Jenni Sidey and Joshua Kutryk – who will be part of Canada’s corps of space explorers.
The announcement of the selection was made by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The two new astronauts will join Jeremy Hansen and David Saint-Jacques as part of Canada’s corps of space explorers. Sidey and Kutryk were selected out of 17 finalists who were all evaluated for a year. As many as 3,772 applicants applied to become astronauts.
These new recruits will be part of the next generation of space explorers that pushes the limits of science and technology while advancing public understanding of our universe. In the process, they will inspire young Canadians to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Born in Calgary, Alberta, Dr. Jenni Sidey studied at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, and at the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom, where she was an engineer and lecturer until being recruited as an astronaut.
Lieutenant-Colonel (LCol) Joshua Kutryk hails from Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta. He studied at the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston, Ontario, as well as in Florida and Alabama. Prior to joining the Canadian Space Program, LCol Kutryk worked as an experimental test pilot and a fighter pilot in Cold Lake, Alberta, and as a CF-18 fighter pilot in Bagotville, Quebec.
The nation’s newest astronauts are being named as space agencies around the world identify options for future missions that go beyond the International Space Station.
Canada’s space program is part of the Government of Canada’s investments in science and technology under the Innovation and Skills Plan, a multi-year strategy to create well-paying jobs for the middle class and those working hard to join it.