Ottawa -- Two new Canadian astronauts are to begin human spaceflight training at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, the Canadian Space Agency said Wednesday.
Jeremy Hansen of Ailsa Craig, Ontario, near London, Ontario, and David St.-Jacques of Quebec City, Quebec, will train for a year to work at the International Space Station.
Once training is completed, they will be assigned to a U.S. or Russian mission to the space station in low Earth orbit.
The U.S. mission could be on the new Orion spacecraft, under development by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, a CSA spokeswoman told United Press International.
The first Orion flight, from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, is scheduled for September 2014.