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Dr. Geoff Steeves     

Caltech & University of Victoria     

Calling All Astronauts

Last year, while working at Caltech, I competed to become an astronaut for the Canadian Space Agency. Through interviews, medical tests, fitness tests, aptitude tests and stress/survival tests, a field of 5351 qualified applicants was narrowed to 16 finalists and ultimately to two. As a top 16 finalist, I will describe the year-long campaign in detail and highlight some of the amazing and unusual challenges we faced. I will also discuss how my background as a physicist and commercial pilot aided me throughout the experience. Aspiring astronauts are encouraged to attend!