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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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Cloutier, François

François Cloutier

Where were you born?
South Shore of Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Where do you currently live?
Saint-Lambert, Quebec, Canada


  • Doctorate, medicine – Sherbrooke University
  • Specialist in otolaryngology and head and neck surgery (FRCSC) – Laval University
  • Fellowship, otology & neurotology – Swedish Neuroscience Institute

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

What is your current job?

Doctor specializing in otolaryngology and head and neck surgery - I practice medical and surgical treatment of conditions of the sinuses, mouth, nose, ears and neck.

Why do you want to become an astronaut?

I have always loved to learn new things, and my curiosity has helped me so far. Although the desire to be an astronaut came to me relatively late, I now see that each stage of my training and my various leisure activities have steered me towards my goal of exploring space. The chance to mix science, space exploration and being an ambassador for the Canadian Space Agency is my ultimate dream.

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