The stars have aligned for an Alberta-based CF-18 fighter pilot, chosen to join an elite group of Canadian astronauts.

Jeremy Hansen, a Combat Operations Officer at 4 Wing Cold Lake, is one of two new spacemen chosen yesterday via the third national recruitment campaign in history.

Hansen joins Quebec doctor David St-Jacques. The pair was hand-picked from a short-list of 16, narrowed down from 5,000 applicants.