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Three locals on list to join Canadian team of astronauts

Last Updated Feb 4, 2017 at 7:10 am EDT

Photo courtesy of www.asc-csa.gc.ca

The Canadian Space Agency released their short list of candidates to join the country’s team of astronauts.

Among the 72 selected out of 3,772 applications, are three locals from Kitchener, Waterloo and Guelph.

The Canadian Space Agency said the next astronauts should have a background in science or technology, and outstanding qualities and skills.

Lesha Kolubinski, from Guelph is a flight test engineer, who plans test flights and works closely with aircraft engineers to validate designs of aircraft’s. On her profile, Kolubinski says she wanted to become an astronaut to “further push our boundaries for anything ‘aero’ related.”

Scott VanBommel from Kitchener is a member of the science teams and APXS instrument teams on the Mars rovers Opportunity and Curiosity. He says, “I am drawn to everything that comprises an astronaut’s life on Earth. Add to that the possibility that one may get to go to space someday, and what more could one ask for?”

Lastly, Martha Lenio from Kitchener, currently living in Waterloo, is owner of Mars Green Consulting, which is a renewable energy consulting company. On her profile, she explains wanting to be an astronaut because, “I realized that ‘astronaut’ is perhaps the perfect career for me – weathering hardships while being exposed to the most amazing new places and experiences.”