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Requirements and conditions of employment for astronauts

During astronaut recruitment campaigns, the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) looks for people who want to be part of the next generation of space explorers.

These individuals are then selected as new members of the Canadian astronaut corps. The CSA recruits exceptional people with excellent health; a university education in science, engineering or medicine; and extensive knowledge and experience.

Here are some of the qualities and skills required to be part of the CSA's astronaut corps.

Basic requirements

Who can apply

Language proficiency


Professional experience

In addition to the educational requirements, applicants must:

Other qualifications

Since astronauts are called upon to perform a variety of scientific and technical work, applicants will be invited to provide information on their:

Physical and medical requirements

To be considered, applicants must meet very stringent medical requirements and be in excellent health.

Selected applicants are required to undergo CSA medical examinations, which include the following requirements:

Operational requirements

Frequent travel outside Canada without family, sometimes on short notice and for extended periods of time.

Conditions of employment

Explore further

Go to the recruitment section on the Astronauts - FAQ page to find out more about astronauts' salary scale, the type of employment contract given to astronauts, and much more.

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