Tecumseh Doctor Makes Shortlist To Become Canadian Astronaut


A Tecumseh family doctor has made the shortlist of 17 people to become an astronaut with the Canadian Space Agency.

Dr. Adam Sirek was shortlisted from a previous list of 72 candidates as the agency is looking for two individuals to become new members of the Canadian Astronaut Corp.

Dr. Sirek is on staff at Leamington District Memorial Hospital and is a faculty member at the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry.

On weekends, he is a reservist in the Canadian Armed Forces where he serves as a pilot and deputy operations officer of a cadet flying site.

Dr. Sirek tells the Canadian Space Agency in a video that he would love to visit the moon.

"If I had to pick one part of our solar system to explore, I would choose the moon, I would love to follow in the footsteps of early lunar missions to stand on the surface of the moon and look up into the sky and see the earth," he says.

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Image courtesy of the Canadian Space Agency

Up until this point, the candidates have had to endure rigorous training to see what they are like once their bodies are worn out.

The final selection of the two candidates will be made in August.