Engineer in race to become Space Agency astronaut

An engineer from Cambridge has made the final 32 people competing to be part of a Canadian Space Agency drive to find new astronauts.

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Dr Jenni Sidey. Credit: Dr Jenni Sidey

An engineer from Cambridge has become one of 32 people competing for two positions as part of a Canadian Space Agency initiative to find new astronauts.

Last year 3,772 applications were received by the Canadian Space Agency after its announcement that it would add two new astronauts to its roster.

Dr Jenni Sidey has made the shortlist following a rigorous selection process which lasts almost a year and involves several interviews, written exams and a range of physical and mental fitness tests.

It feels great to have progressed this far in the selection process, I'm so pleased to be a part of something with so many incredible Canadians.

I'm looking forward to spending more time with them, regardless of the outcome.

– Dr Jenni Sidey