Jameel Janjua one of 72 shortlisted from a field of nearly 4,000
Calgarian Jameel Janjua’s day job affords him some pretty spectacular views, but he’s hoping his next one will be even better.
Janjua, an experimental test pilot with the Royal Canadian Air Force, is one of only 72 applicants who remain from a field of nearly 4,000 — all vying to become one of two new astronauts with the Canadian Space Agency.
“When I was a kid, I spent a lot of time looking up, whether it was day or night,” he told the Calgary Eyeopener.
“During the day, I was always trying to spot an airplane, and at nighttime … I’d look at the stars and wonder what was out there,” Janjua said.
“It led me to aviation and engineering — and thankfully both of those are the basis in some ways of human space exploration.”
More at the source: Dave Dormer · CBC News
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