Canadian astronaut Jeremy Hansen heads underground

Global News

TORONTO – Canadian Space Agency astronaut Jeremy Hansen is exploring our world as very few have.

He’s not heading up, however, but rather, down. Deep down.

In an exercise designed to put astronauts in an “analog” environment similar to the ISS, Hansen will be living underground for six days in Sardinia, Italy, with six other astronauts from around the world as they conduct several science missions.

“This is an opportunity unlike any other,” said Hansen.

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“The job as an astronaut, it really is fantastic,” he said. “There are so many incredible opportunities, just one after the other. I was up in the Arctic this summer on a geology expedition, which is not unlike what I’m doing here.”

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