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More Canadian astronauts heading to space

Canadian Space Agency (CSA) astronaut Jeremy Hansen, left, General (retired) Walter Natynczyk, President of the Canadian Space Agency, John Bell, director of the Royal Canadian Mint, and CSA astronaut David Saint-Jacques laugh and talk as they stand with the image of the new collector coin unveiled by the Royal Canadian Mint to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Canadian Space Agency at the 65th International Astronautical Congress in Toronto on Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014. .
Canadian Space Agency (CSA) astronaut Jeremy Hansen, left, General (retired) Walter Natynczyk, President of the Canadian Space Agency, John Bell, director of the Royal Canadian Mint, and CSA astronaut David Saint-Jacques laugh and talk as they stand with the image of the new collector coin unveiled by the Royal Canadian Mint to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Canadian Space Agency at the 65th International Astronautical Congress in Toronto on Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014. . THE CANADIAN PRESS/Hannah Yoon

Canadian astronauts Jeremy Hansen and David Saint-Jacques are guaranteed flights to the International Space Station, Global News has learned.

The first astronaut will head into space no later than 2019, the second by 2024, Industry Minister James Moore is scheduled to announce Tuesday.

The last Canadian astronaut who blasted off into space was Chris Hadfield, who spent five months on the International Space Station, returning to earth in May 2013.

READ MORE: 5 cool things we learned at the International Astronautical Congress

The spots for the Canadian astronauts are opening up because Canada has agreed to make a new financial contribution to the International Space Station, the details of which are expected to be announced tomorrow.

A senior government source says the funding was possible because “the government balanced the budget,” freeing up resources for contributions to the International Space Station and future space missions.

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With tomorrow’s announcement, Canada will become the third country to announce its participation in the Space Station to the year 2024.

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