Government set to reveal the next governor general, and an astronaut could be a contender

The  government is set to reveal the next governor general Thursday, and sources tell The Canadian Press that astronaut Julie Payette is among the top contenders for the post.

The 53-year-old Montrealer, who speaks six languages, was picked from more than 53-hundred applicants in 1992 to be one of four new astronauts with the Canadian Space Agency.

Payette also took part in two space flights to the International Space Station and was the C-S-A's chief astronaut between 2000 and 2007.

Multiple officials say Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will make the announcement himself, and is expected to be flanked by the new viceregal just as Governor General David Johnston stood alongside Stephen Harper when he was tapped for the job in 2010.

Sources say Trudeau informed the Queen during an audience with her last week of his recommendation to the post.

Johnston's term is set to expire in September, after Harper extended it by two years ahead of the 2015 federal election.

Payette would be the 29th person to hold the position.