Canadian astronaut Jeremy Hansen promoted to colonel

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News Article / August 18, 2017

Colonel Jeremy Hansen, a Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) pilot undergoing astronaut training with the Canadian Space Agency and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), was promoted to that rank yesterday by Major-General Blaise Frawley, deputy commander of the Royal Canadian Air Force.  The ceremony was held at NASA’s Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center (JSC) in Houston, Texas.

“The passion and professionalism that Canadian astronaut and Royal Canadian Air Force fighter pilot Jeremy Hansen brings to his work with the Canadian Space Agency and NASA are an inspiration to us all,” said Lieutenant-General Mike Hood, Commander of the Royal Canadian Air Force Every day this remarkable individual truly lives the RCAF motto: Sic Itur Ad Astra – Such is the pathway to the stars.”

“Since joining the Canadian Astronaut Corps in 2009, Col Jeremy Hansen has shown outstanding drive and dedication, which led him to become Chief of the Crew Operations Branch at NASA before even being assigned to a flight to the International Space Station,” said Sylvain Laporte, President, Canadian Space Agency. “The Canadian Space Agency benefitted from Jeremy’s exceptional leadership during Canada’s most recent astronaut recruitment campaign. We are also particularly proud that he was selected to supervise NASA’s Astronaut Candidate Class for the next two years, including our two Canadian recruits. The Canadian Space Agency is privileged to have Col Hansen in its ranks. Congratulations on a well-deserved promotion!”

Follow Colonel Hansen on Twitter: @Astro_Jeremy

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