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Biography of Jeremy Hansen

Space mission

Canadian Space Agency (CSA) astronaut Jeremy Hansen will fly to the Moon on the Artemis II mission, the first crewed flight test of the Orion spacecraft launching on the SLS rocket. He will become the first Canadian to ever venture to the Moon.

Jeremy Hansen
  • Date of birth:
  • From: London, Ontario
  • Background: Fighter pilot
  • Education: Bachelor of science in space science; master of science in physics
  • Flight certification: Airline Transport Pilot Licence (ATPL)
  • Languages: English, French, basic knowledge of Russian
  • Mission: Artemis II

Personal profile

Born , in London, Ontario, and raised on a farm near Ailsa Craig, Ontario, until moving to Ingersoll for his high school years. Colonel Hansen is married with three children. He enjoys sailboat cruising and racing, rock climbing and mountain biking.

Career highlights

  • At the age of 12, Jeremy Hansen joins 614 Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron in London, Ontario. His journey into aviation begins.

  • He earns his Air Cadet glider pilot wings at age 16 in Trenton, Ontario.

  • He earns his private pilot licence and wings at the age of 17 in Cornwall, Ontario. This training will lead to his acceptance to Royal Military College Saint-Jean in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec.

  • Colonel Hansen credits Air Cadets with developing the discipline and self-confidence required to be accepted for Officer Training in the Canadian Armed Forces. He completes Basic Training in Chilliwack, B.C., and starts his degree at Royal Military College Saint-Jean in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec.

  • He graduates with a bachelor's degree in honours space science from the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston, Ontario.

  • Colonel Hansen completes CF-18 Fighter Pilot Training at 410 Tactical Fighter Operational Training Squadron.

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    Serves as a CF-18 fighter pilot with 441 Tactical Fighter Squadron and 409 Tactical Fighter Squadron as well as the Combat Operations Officer at 4 Wing Operations where his responsibilities include effectiveness of NORAD Operations, Deployed Exercises and Arctic Flying Operations.

  • Colonel Hansen is one of two recruits selected by the CSA through the third Canadian Astronaut Recruitment Campaign.

  • He graduates from Astronaut Candidate Training and starts working at the Mission Control Center as capcom — the voice between the ground and the International Space Station.

  • Jeremy Hansen participates in the European Space Agency's CAVES program in Sardinia, Italy, during which he lives underground for six days.

    He has the privilege of inspiring young Canadians by flying the historical Hawk One F-86 Sabre jet.

  • Jeremy Hansen is a crewmember of NEEMO 19, where he lives and works on the ocean floor in the Aquarius habitat off Key Largo, Florida, for seven days simulating deep-space exploration.

  • Jeremy Hansen becomes the first Canadian to be entrusted with leading a NASA astronaut class, which means that he is in charge of the training astronaut candidates from the United States and Canada.

  • Jeremy Hansen is assigned to the Artemis II mission.

Meet CSA astronaut Jeremy Hansen. (Credit: CSA)


Jeremy Hansen holds a bachelor of science in space science (first class honours) from the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston, Ontario (). He earned a master of science in physics from the same institution in , with a research focus on Wide Field of View Satellite Tracking.

Special honours

Air Cadet League of Canada Award – Top Air Force Graduate from the Royal Military College of Canada (), Clancy Scheldrup Memorial Trophy – Outstanding Graduate on the Basic Flying Course (), Canadian Air Force Pilot Wings (), Canadian Forces Decoration – 12 Years of Good Service (), The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (), Gold Medal of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society ().

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