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Astronauts' basic training


When the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) selects new candidates, the aspiring astronauts must first go back to school!

All recruits must follow a three-phase training program:

  1. Astronauts' basic training
  2. Ongoing training and tasks while awaiting a mission
  3. Mission-specific training

Finally, trained astronauts who have received an assignment may go to space to participate in a mission.

While all candidates have exceptional profiles, their backgrounds are extremely varied. The aim of the basic training program, which lasts approximately two years, is to ensure that all astronauts attain the same level of knowledge and expertise on a wide range of subjects.

Training is given in two locations:


The "lesson plan"

Basic training covers many subjects, including:

Obtaining the title of "astronaut"

Upon successful completion of the basic training program, candidates are officially given the title of astronaut.

Next step: Ongoing training and tasks on Earth while awaiting a mission!

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