A Fort Saskatchewan man is heading to space... soon.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the Fort's own Joshua Kutryk will be one of the two newest members of the Canadian Space Agency (CSA).
"(It's) obviously an exciting and proud day for me," said Kutryk.
After a long selection process that included extensive testing and training, Kutryk and Jennifer Sidey of Calgary, were chosen out of 3,772 applicants the CSA received in 2016.
"Without the support of everybody there's no way that I'd be here today."
This is the second time Kutryk has been in the running; he made the top 16 list in 2008.
Kutryk, an air force pilot, also has a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering and a master's degree in defence studies.
Both new astronauts will soon begin NASA’s two-year candidate course at Johnson’s Space Center in Texas.
Kutryk spent some of his earlier years in Fort Saskatchewan, he was most recently living in Cold Lake.