Wednesday, August 3, 2016

I Have None Of The Qualities They Are Looking For

I still think that I would be perfect for the program. I can happily sit in the same small space for months or years at a time as long as I have internet access and the ability to download my shows. You want data, I am full of it. I think they are just setting the bar way too high for these fancy flyboys. Why not a normal schlub like me to motivate the next generations of underachievers?

Basic requirements

Who can apply

  • Persons residing in Canada and Canadian citizens residing abroad.
    • Preference will be given to Canadian citizens.

Language proficiency

  • French or English (proficiency in both is an asset).


  • Bachelor's degree from a recognized university in one of the following fields:
    • engineering; or
    • science (e.g., physics, chemistry, biology, geology, mathematics, computer science);
  • Doctorate in one of the following fields:
    • medicine; or
    • dentistry.

Professional experience

In addition to the educational requirements, applicants must:
  • have at least three years of relevant professional experience;
    • a master's degree is equivalent to one year of professional experience;
    • a doctorate (Ph.D.) is equivalent to three years of professional experience;
  • be licenced to practise medicine in Canada.

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:
  • education
  • experience
  • expertise
  • knowledge (e.g., other languages)
  • certifications

Physical and medical requirements

To be considered, applicants must meet very stringent medical requirements and be in excellent health.
Selected applicants will be required to undergo CSA medical examinations, which include the following requirements:
  • Height: Between 149.5 cm and 190.5 cm
  • Weight: Between 50 kg and 95 kg
  • Visual acuity: 20/20 (6/6) or better in each eye, with or without correction.
    • Applicants must not be colour blind.
    • Applicants who have undergone refractive laser surgery (PRK or LASIK) are eligible.
      • The CSA does not recommend that applicants undergo refractive laser surgery for the sole purpose of applying for employment as an astronaut.
      • For those applicants under final consideration, an operative report on the surgical procedure will be requested.
      • Applicants must be free from visual and other complications after undergoing this type of surgery.
  • Blood pressure: Not higher than 140/90 mm Hg, measured in a sitting position.
  • Auditory acuity: Normal hearing (do not suffer from a chronic or recurring auditory condition).

Operational requirements

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

Conditions of employment

  • Secret security clearance.
    • As part of the selection process, security clearance must also be obtained from the governments of the Canadian Space Program partners.
  • Relocation to Houston, Texas, in August 2017.
  • Successful completion of pre-employment medical examinations.
  • Vaccination against communicable diseases, as required


Debra She Who Seeks said...

Well, I'm a Canadian citizen and speak English along with some half-assed French. Those are the only qualifications I meet! Chris Hadfield, wipe that smug look off your face, you bastard.

Cal's Canadian Cave of Coolness said...

Some white men had all the breaks. If only I would have kept flying after Air Cadets. I could have been an astronauts AND a Shumka dancer. The frist to dance in zero gravity.

DrGoat said...

I would have liked to see that Cal. Never knew that Dentistry would be a preferable skill in space. Guess you never know when a tooth has to be pulled. I can think of a lot of ways to do that up there. And have some fun while you're at it.