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Bjorn
post May 22 2008, 11:38 AM
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So I read this:
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Canadians and residents of Canada with science and engineering degrees or a licence to practice medicine might want to start checking the want ads Thursday, because the Canadian Space Agency is now accepting applications for the lofty position of astronaut.

It's only the third time since the creation of the Canadian Astronaut Corps in 1983 the agency has sought applicants, and comes after Dave Williams retired in the spring and Bjarni Tryggvason announced he would retire in June.

Astronaut Steve MacLean told CBC News the agency is encouraging people who are in good shape with at least an undergraduate degree in science or engineering and either work experience or a Master's degree or a licence to practice medicine to apply.

"If you have a minimum requirements, I really encourage you to apply and let us decide whether or not you are trainable," he said.

He said if previous recruitment calls are any guideline, the agency expects to receive between 5,000 to 10,00 applications and will whittle those down to 40 candidates who will go through aptitude and skill tests.

The minimum requirements also impose some physical restrictions as well, as applicants must have 20/20 vision, good hearing, healthy blood pressure and fall within an average height range (from four feet, 11 inches tall to six feet, three inches tall).

Do you have the right stuff?

A look at the minimum requirements the Canadian Space Agency is seeking for two astronaut positions:

* applicant must be a Canadian citizen or resident of Canada.
* must hold a Bachelor's degree in Engineering, Applied Sciences or Science with two years professional experience, OR
* a Bachelor's degree along with a Master's degree or a Doctorate in Engineering, Applied Sciences or Science, OR
* Be licensed to practice medicine in a province or a territory of Canada.
* Must be between 149.5 cm (four feet, 11 inches) to 190.5 cm (six feet, three inches) tall.
* Must have visual acuity of 20/20 or better.
* Blood pressure must not exceed 140/90 mm Hg (millimetres of mercury).
* Must meet a standard of pure tone audiometry hearing thresholds.

MacLean said while many Canadians will meet the minimum requirements, the full list of assets an astronaut should have will make the final process a selective one.

"We need someone who is technically competent, someone who is operational under stress. We need an individual who is well-balanced and an individual who can be a leader sometimes and be a follower at other times. So it's almost magic that we're looking for," he said.

The agency is looking to fill two positions to bring the astronaut corps to six. After Tryggvason retires, the current corps of astronauts will be composed of MacLean, Julie Payette, Robert Thirsk and Chris Hadfield.

Once the candidates are selected next May, basic training will begin at NASA in August 2009, followed by training for missions of about six months.

MacLean also said the agency will likely keep 20 names on their list as other space programs develop and more opportunities arise.

Next year, Canadian astronauts Thirsk and Payette will be visiting the International Space Station, with Thirsk staying for a six-month period. But the agency has more in mind than sending astronauts the station, as manned space programs around the world have begun planning towards new endeavours to the Moon and Mars.

The candiates who win the positions will likely be among the first astronauts to train aboard the U.S.'s new Orion spacecrafts, which will replace the aging shuttle fleet set to be retired in 2010, MacLean said.


I meet all the requirements, so I applied.

I doubt I'll even make it past round one, but it's kinda cool being able to say you applied to be an Astronaut.

Source: CBC Online
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post May 22 2008, 01:03 PM
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ARE YOU YOU CANADA'S NEXT ASTRONAUT!!
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post May 22 2008, 01:58 PM
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Fuck, if only 3 years down the line....
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post May 26 2008, 12:11 PM
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That's pretty cool/funny. Keep us posted and good luck. wink.gif
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post May 26 2008, 03:17 PM
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The close out date is sometime in June, so I'm not expecting to hear anything before then...for now it's get into shape time, just in case.
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post May 26 2008, 06:38 PM
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* applicant must be a Canadian citizen or resident of Canada. No
* must hold a Bachelor's degree in Engineering, Applied Sciences or Science with two years professional experience, Yes
* Must be between 149.5 cm (four feet, 11 inches) to 190.5 cm (six feet, three inches) tall. Yes
* Must have visual acuity of 20/20 or better. No, too much masturbating
* Blood pressure must not exceed 140/90 mm Hg (millimetres of mercury).Borderline, but this requirement seems way higher than what's considered to be 'in good health'
* Must meet a standard of pure tone audiometry hearing thresholds. Rock and roll ain't noise pollution
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post Jul 3 2008, 02:16 PM
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UPDATE!!!!

I MADE IT THROUGH THE FIRST ROUND OF CUTS!!!!!

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Dear Applicant:

Within the context of the Astronaut Recruitment Campaign, we made a first sorting in the 5351 applications we received. Following the information you provided, the pre-selection committee is pleased to inform you that further consideration is being given to your candidacy.


IM GONNA BE A SPACEMAN!
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post Jul 3 2008, 02:23 PM
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post Jul 3 2008, 02:26 PM
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QUOTE(Vadvagool @ Jul 4 2008, 01:23 AM) *
We require a "B00st is a douche" flag on the moon.


laugh.gif Congrats Bjorn. I hope you make it all the way through.
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post Jul 3 2008, 05:40 PM
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Wow, that's really cool. Good luck!
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post Jul 4 2008, 12:54 AM
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QUOTE(Vadvagool @ Jul 3 2008, 02:23 PM) *
We require a "B00st is a douche" flag on the moon.

lmao qotd Raspberry.gif

best of luck mate tongue.gif
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post Jul 4 2008, 09:19 AM
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doode i want to be a spaceman too. I plan to apply once ive worked as an engineer for a few years.
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post Jul 17 2008, 08:23 PM
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QUOTE(Vadvagool @ Jul 3 2008, 06:23 PM) *
We require a "B00st is a douche" flag on the moon.


do it!!
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