June 19, 2008
National Astronaut Recruitment Campaign Closes in One Week: Canadian Space Agency Encourages Canadians to Apply
MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - June 19, 2008) - The Canadian Space Agency reminds Canadians that the National Astronaut Recruitment Campaign closes on June 26, 2008, with only one week remaining for candidates to apply to be considered for the Canadian Astronaut Corps.
By May 2009, two candidates taken from this process will be selected and begin their training to represent Canada in future space exploration missions, including long-duration spaceflights on the International Space Station. Among their tasks, astronauts will help assemble and maintain the Station and conduct scientific and industrial research enhancing the quality of life on Earth.
"The National Astronaut Recruitment Campaign is truly a once-in- a-lifetime opportunity," said Steve MacLean, CSA Chief Astronaut. "Anyone who is interested and who meets the minimum qualifications is strongly encouraged to apply. The CSA will conduct a thorough review to select the best candidates, and we hope to have the broadest possible pool of applicants."
Since the Campaign launched on May 22, approximately 4 000 applications have been submitted, with the following regional breakdown(i):
Quebec - 23% Ontario - 40% Manitoba - 3% Saskatchewan - 2% Alberta - 11% British Columbia - 8% Maritimes - 6% Northwest Territories - 0.15% Yukon - 0.17% Nunavut - 0.05% Outside Canada - 7%
(i)NOTE: Percentages rounded to unit, when representative.
In addition, approximately 20% of all applicants to date are women.
More information about the Campaign, including minimum qualifications, a recruitment timeline and the online application, is available at www.space.gc.ca.
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