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Space agency launches search for next batch of Canadian astronauts

April 1, 2008 - Longeuil, Que. - The Canadian Space Agency is launching a recruitment campaign for Canada's next generation of space explorers.


April 1, 2008
By The Canadian Press

April 1, 2008 – Longeuil, Que. – The Canadian Space Agency is launching a
recruitment campaign for Canada's next generation of space
explorers.

Two new astronauts are expected to be named in May 2009, with
training to start in August 2009. The recruitment drive begins this
coming May.

Astronaut Steve MacLean says it's exciting to have some new blood
injected into the group.

"If you think you have the right stuff, make your application,''
MacLean said during Monday's announcement.

Other recruits may be added if there are more qualified
candidates, Industry Minister Jim Prentice said as he announced the
new program.

The campaign is the third since the creation of the Canadian
Astronaut Corps in 1983.

Astronaut Bob Thirsk, scheduled to go up for a long-term stay on
the International Space Station, suggested newcomers be ready for a
long road ahead.

"I would advise them to think about patience,'' Thirsk said.
"I've been a Canadian astronaut for 20 years, I've had one space
flight.''

Thirsk also warned that the reward of space travel comes at a
cost.

"There is a sacrifice to make, both family wise and career
wise,'' he said.