Astronaut candidate's profile

The candidates participating in the astronaut selection process all have unique journeys and outstanding qualities and skills. You can read their remarkable profiles here.

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Catherine Marchetti

Marchetti, Catherine

Lieu de naissance
Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Lieu de résidence
Kanata, Ontario, Canada

Études

  • Bachelor's, space sciences – Royal Military College of Canada
  • Master's, defence studies – Royal Military College of Canada
  • Master's, atmospheric physics – University of Toronto

Photo of the astronaut candidate during the aptitude tests. (Credit: Canadian Space Agency)

Quel est votre emploi actuel?

Aerospace engineering officer, Canadian Armed Forces - I have specialized in space through my work on space projects (operational and research systems) and on developing space strategies/policies. I worked at the Canadian Space Agency as a mission planner and at the MIT Lincoln Laboratory Millstone Hill Radar as an orbital analyst. During my career in the Forces, I was also senior engineering and aircraft maintenance officer at 424 Transport and Rescue Squadron, where I was responsible for more than 100 aircraft technicians and two fleets (CC130 Hercules and CH146 Griffon).

Pourquoi voulez-vous devenir astronaute?

This would be the most exciting space job! I have worked in several areas of the space field. Becoming an astronaut would allow me to apply my knowledge while learning new skills.

I am an ambassador for space and have undertaken an awareness campaign to better inform people about what space is bringing us. As an astronaut, I could reach the public and promote the Canadian space program.

I want to inspire people to follow their passions, especially young Canadians. I want to encourage young women to pursue careers in STEM. As a female astronaut, I would be a model for them.