For the last year, Bruno raised Jason Leuschen went through intense training and screening for a chance to become one of Canada’s next astronauts.
On Canada Day it was announced he didn’t make the cut.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the winners, Jen Sidey and Josh Kutryk both from Alberta, during Canada 150 celebrations at Parliament Hill.
Leuschen told 650 CKOM Monday it’s tough to adapt to the news, but he has a good support system.
“I got a lot of support from friends back home and family as well, so that’s really great and it’s helping me get over it without too big of a suck,” he said.
There are no hard feelings, according to Leuschen.
“They had us down to a really good group of eight people so you knew it was kind of going to come down to what fit the plans best,” he said.
Now that the competition is over, Leuschen will continue his career with the Royal Canadian Air Force and hopes to become a test pilot.
He isn’t giving up his childhood dream of going to space just yet.
“I think I still have a shot to be selected,” Leuschen said. “If I can’t, worst case, I’m going to buy a trip that will be my retirement present to myself.”