June 17, 2016 8:37 am
Updated: July 26, 2016 12:36 am

Want to become an astronaut? The Canadian Space Agency wants you

Navdeep Bains, Federal Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, announced Friday morning that the Canadian Space Agency will be hiring two new astronauts.

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If you’ve ever wanted to be an astronaut, here’s your chance.

On Friday, Navdeep Bains, the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, announced that the Canadian Space Agency is looking for the next generation of astronauts.

“Our astronauts have been a source of national pride for our country. If you have aspired to go beyond our planet’s frontier, now is your chance to make this dream a reality,” Bains said.

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“This class of Canadian astronauts will be part of a new generation of explorers to advance critical science and research aboard the International Space Station.”

This is Canada’s fourth astronaut recruiting program.

The space agency will be accepting applications from June 17 to Aug. 15 and will announce candidates next summer.

The new astronauts will begin training in August 2017.

David Saint-Jacques — headed to the space station in 2018 — and Jeremy Hansen, were the last two astronauts chosen from the recruitment program.

Requirements to qualify can be found here.

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