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Alberta astronauts among newest graduates from NASA

Canada's newest astronauts Jennifer Sidey and Joshua Kutryk answer questions from the audience during a visit to the Canadian Space Agency in Saint-Hubert, Que., Tuesday, July 4, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

HOUSTON (660 NEWS) – The latest graduates from NASA include two astronauts from Alberta.

Dr. Jenni Sidey-Gibbons from Calgary and Joshua Kutryk from Fort Saskatchewan just finished two years of training in the Artemis program in Houston, Texas.

One of Sidey-Gibbons’ fellow graduates said she was a remarkable classmate.

“She has this infectious curiosity about the world around her. I have so many fond memories from trips with Jenni and our engineering discussions. Jenni is an outrageously effective crew member.”

Eleven other graduates joined Sidey-Gibbons and Kutryk in the ceremony on Friday.

“Canada’s astronauts are our modern-day explorers. Not only do they help develop new space technologies, advance scientific knowledge and promote Canada in space, they inspire all Canadians to look to the stars and dream about what is possible,” said Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry Navdeep Baines. “Jenni and Joshua represent the best of Canada, both with our partners around the world, and our curious young people. I want to warmly congratulate them on completing this rigorous training.”

This year’s graduating class was the first to be supervised by Canadian astronaut Jeremy Hansen, a former Combat Operations Officer at 4-Wing in Cold Lake.