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Canadian Space Agency astronaut Joshua Kutryk

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Canadian astronaut Joshua Kutryk will travel to the International Space Station (ISS) in 2025 as part of the mission commercial Starliner-1.

The Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, François-Philippe Champagne, made the announcement at the headquarters of the Canadian Space Agency, located in Longueuil. p>

This will be the first participation of a Canadian astronaut in NASA's Commercial Manned Mission Program.

The mission will launch with an Atlas rocket from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. On its return, the capsule will land on dry land.

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Canadian Space Agency astronauts Jenni Sidey-Gibbons, at the microphone, and Joshua Kutryk, in the background, with the Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, François-Philippe Champagne, Wednesday, November 22.< /p>

Astronaut Jenni Gibbons has for her part been named official replacement for Jeremy Hansen, who is due, in November 2024, to participate in the Artemis II mission , the first manned mission of the Orion spacecraft.

There are currently four active Canadian astronauts. In addition to Joshua Kutryk and Jenni Gibbons, who joined the Canadian Space Agency in 2017, Jeremy Hansen and David Saint-Jacques are also on active duty.

Mr. Saint-Jacques spent more than six months aboard the ISS in 2018 and 2019, while the other three have not yet flown into space.

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