In June 2016, for the fourth time in Canadian space history, the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) launched a call for potential astronauts. Of those that applied, three UBC faculty/alumni were selected for the 72-person shortlist.
Four thousand applicants answered this call for two spots to join the next class of Canadian space explorers.
For Michael Koehle, a practicing physician-scientist and associate professor at UBC Vancouver, becoming an astronaut isn’t something he ever expected to happen.
“As a kid, it’s kind of up there with mermaid and NHL hockey player,” he said.
Congratulations, Dr. Koehle!