A former Fort McMurray resident and test pilot with the Royal Canadian Airforce is another step closer to her goal of going to space.
Vanessa Fulford is one of 17 potential candidates, ranging from doctors to engineers and other pilots, to make the final list, which was annouced on Monday.
The Canadian Space Agency’s selection process started with 72 candidates, then last month the list was whittled down to 32.
Fulford currently works in the Fighter and Trainer Evaluation sections at CFB Cold Lake.
Her job usually involves flying any of the new equipment or software to make sure it’s safe and effective for operators to use.
In an interview with Mix News in February, Fulford said her dreams of becoming an astronaut comes from her hunger for discovery, learning experiences, and the knowledge that comes with each new adventure.
She adds some of the things she would like to work on and potentially accomplish if she ever became an Astronaut, would be to find the things that advance the human race.
“I think Space is the place we’re going to find the things that will further innovation and discovery.”
Fulford notes one of her goals is becoming a role model for future generations.
“Getting people interested in science and new discovery is going to be very important in the future.”
If chosen to head to space, Fulford would spend the next two years training in Houston, Texas.
Listen below to hear the full interview with Fulford after being named to the list of 72 potential candidates.