Back to "school" for our new astronauts!
On August 24, 2009, David Saint-Jacques and Jeremy Hansen reported to NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, to begin a two-year journey to join with the current astronaut corps in future exploration missions. Visit our image gallery to follow their training.
The Basic Training Program, which starts at the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) and continues at the Johnson Space Center (JSC) in Houston, Texas, focuses on bringing astronaut candidates from different backgrounds to the same level of knowledge and skills by covering a wide range of topics that include:
Upon successful completion of the Basic Training Program, candidates are given the title of "astronaut." They then progress to
International Space Station (ISS) advanced training.