Hundreds of British Columbians want to be Canada’s next astronaut.
Over a 3 week period, 376 people from BC applied to the Canadian Space Agency’s astronaut recruitment campaign hoping to get a shot at going to space.
Project manager Karl Saad says competition is stiff.
“You have to be someone who can endure being in confined spaces for a long time. Also work very closely with teammates. Also be used to and at ease with being away from your family for extended periods.”
Applicants must be well-educated, requiring either a bachelor’s degree in engineering or science, or a doctorate in medicine or dentistry.
They must also be in exceptional health and undergo years of rigorous testing.
The two successful applicants will be announced next summer but won’t be eligible to fly for another five years.