If you ever dreamt of one day becoming an astronaut, those dreams probably faded as you got older and realized that you had no idea what becoming an astronaut actually entails. As it turns out, it's quite the process. Well, 13 total go-getters will be graduating from basic training on January 10, 2020. To our delight, the only two Canadian astronauts graduating from the program are both from Alberta.

“They will join the active astronaut corps, beginning careers in exploration that may take them to the International Space Station, on missions to the Moon under the Artemis program, or someday, Mars,” explains NASA’s website.

The 13 inspiring geniuses make up the first-ever class of astronaut candidates to graduate from the Artemis program. The graduation ceremony will take place at the Johnson Space Center in Houston.

Though most of us have been told to “reach for the moon,” this group actually spent the last two years preparing for Artemis missions to the Moon which they are now eligible for. If that doesn’t impress their parents, nothing will.

You can watch the exciting graduation ceremony live on NASA Television or online on NASA’s website.

The two Albertans graduating from basic training are Joshua Kutryk from Beauvallon, Alberta and Jennifer Sidey-Gibbons from Calgary, Alberta.

As you can imagine, both of them have sparkling resumes. Kutryk is a Royal Canadian Air Force Lieutenant Colonel. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and three master’s degrees in space studies, flight test engineering, and defence studies.

As for Sidey-Gibbons, she holds an honours bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering and a doctorate in engineering. Prior to basic training, she worked as an assistant professor in combustion and she has done extensive research on flame propagation in microgravity.

Our two Albertan heroes and their 11 American counterparts were selected in 2017 out of a pool of over 18,000 applicants.

During basic training, the candidates completed training in “spacewalking, robotics, International Space Station systems, T-38 jet proficiency, and Russian language,” some impressive and extremely specific knowledge.

After January 10, “they’ll help develop spacecraft, support the teams currently in space and ultimately join the ranks of only about 500 people who have had the honour of going into space.”

If your parents put pressure on you to be extremely impressive, these remarkable astronauts may not make you look great in comparison.

Not to worry, there are tons of high-paying jobs in Alberta for you to set your sights on.

If you're feeling like you want to cheer your fellow Albertans on, you should take a break from Disney+ and tune into the graduation.


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