The newest member of the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) is reminiscing on the grind of getting to Texas.
Fort Saskatchewan's Joshua Kutryk was selected as one of the two newest members of the CSA last July.
When Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Kutryk's name on Canada Day, it was a moment he'll never forget.
"It was a long process, a lot of emotional ups and downs with it. I certainly still feel lucky and very privileged to be down here doing this."
The Canadian Space Agency rifled through 3,772 applicants that they received in 2016.
"I had applied in 2008 and I had gone quite far through the selection process that time, right down to the finals. I was cut at the last-minute, I was quite disappointed by that and then I'd gone about my life for the next eight or nine years before they had the next selection."
Both new astronauts, Kutryk and Jennifer Sidey of Calgary, are taking National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) two-year candidate course at Johnson’s Space Center in Houston, Texas.
"It was initially really fast paced and really exciting," said Kutryk. "I feel like a full-time university student again training and studying every day."
The Fort's first astronaut has a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering and a master's degree in defence studies.
"Somehow it all worked out."