UNB alumni in running to become Canada's next astronauts

Two University of New Brunswick alumni are in the running to be one of Canada's next astronauts.

Crystal LaFlamme and Alex DeLorey are among 72 people shortlisted by the Canadian Space Agency as it seeks to recruit two new astronauts.

LaFlamme, who is now a research fellow with the University of Western Australia, said she's both excited and nervous to survive the three rounds of cuts.

DeLorey, a Moncton native who now works in Ontario, dedicated his spare time over the summer to improving his application by learning to fly, scuba dive, sky dive, and obtain a radio operator permit.

The Canadian Space Agency will select its two newest astronauts sometime this summer.