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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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Hane, Francis

Francis Hane

Where were you born?
Simcoe, Ontario, Canada

Where do you currently live?
Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada


  • Ph.D., biophysics – University of Waterloo

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

What is your current job?

Commercial pilot / Post-doctoral fellow, Lakehead University, Department of Chemistry - I have two careers. I fly a Boeing 737 all over North and Central America for a large Canadian airline. I also study Alzheimer's disease and am researching magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) methods to detect Alzheimer's disease earlier.

Why do you want to become an astronaut?

I have always been interested in science and exploration. During my Ph.D. studies, I studied some of the smallest forces in the human body – the force of two proteins joining one another. Now I'd like to study the very large – space. Being an astronaut combines both of my passions for science and exploration.

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