OTTAWA (NEWS 1130) – Two Albertans were named Canada’s newest astronauts Saturday as the country marked its 150th birthday.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau used the platform of waterlogged Canada Day celebrations in Ottawa to name Jennifer Sidey of Calgary and Joshua Kutryk of Fort Saskatchewan, Alta.Sidey is a lecturer with the University of Cambridge who has worked as a mechanical engineer, while Kutryk is an air force pilot who also holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and a master’s degree in defence studies.Sidey, who holds the rank of lieutenant-colonel in the air force, told the crowd she was inspired to become an astronaut in 1992 when Roberta Bondar went into space aboard the space shuttle Discovery. She said she had the opportunity to attend a speech in Calgary by Canada’s first female astronaut.“I remember looking up to her being excited at the idea of being a scientist, being a Canadian and having the opportunity to explore places beyond our world,” she said.“I’m grateful to have had that role model and that memory makes this moment so powerful for me.”Backstage on #CANADADAY150 with @astro_kutryk and @astro_jenni! pic.twitter.com/Do8kluqrQV— CanadianSpaceAgency (@csa_asc) July 1, 2017Kutryk, for his part, said he is honoured to be joining the Canadian Space Agency.“Throughout the recruitment campaign, Jenny and I met some amazing Canadians, scientists, doctors, engineers, pilots like myself. There is so much talent in this country,” he said.“I stand on the shoulders of the great Canadian astronauts before me, they inspired me to be the best that I could be.”Kutryk, 35, was fascinated with space as a child, according to a biography posted on the Canadian Space Agency website. He said he knew his life would focus on helping to explore it.“I have always wanted to leave the world a better place than I found it, and I believe that space is one area where I can do so, Kutryk said in a question and answer on the space agency’s website.Sidey, who will be 29 in August, said her motto is “fortune favours the brave.” She said her greatest previous achievement was to become a lecturer at Cambridge, something she never dreamed of when she first moved to Britain in 2011 as a engineering graduate.Sidey and Kutryk will move to Houston this month to start the two year training program for astronaut candidates. The program provides instruction in the systems on board the International Space Station and a host of other things ranging from spacewalks to survival training to Russian language instruction.The two astronauts will be officially welcomed Tuesday at Canadian Space Agency headquarters in Quebec.
France coach Didier Deschamps insists he cannot have two left-footed defenders at centre-back in his team following Aymeric Laporte’s shocking claimsSince arriving from Athletic Bilbao in last January for a club record fee of £57m at Manchester City, Laporte has become regarded as one of the best defenders in Europe.But the 24-year-old surprisingly continues to be overlooked by Deschamps for France with the likes of Kurt Zouma and Mamadou Sakho getting the nod instead.This led the uncapped Laporte to make a stunning accusation against Deschamps by claiming it’s personal last week.But the former Juventus boss insists his decision was based purely on footballing reasons.Premier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“I do not understand [why Laporte made those statements]. I do not know,” Deschamps told RMC Sport.“I do not have a problem with anyone. When I choose someone it is not for me. I repeat. I only have one thing to say to him and that is that he continues to perform well.“If you tell me he must be in [Marseille centre-back Adil] Rami’s place then I stop you right away.“Sorry but two left-footed defenders at centre-back at international level… We have a lot of left-footers and few right-footers.”Laporte, who’s played every single one of City’s Premier League games this season, will likely start in today’s clash against Crystal Palace.
Now playing: Watch this: 22 Photos Hacking NASA Comments NASA will explore a hostile space rock for New Year’s NASA revealed a hack on Tuesday. Omar Marques/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images NASA on Tuesday disclosed a data breach involving current and former employees’ personal data.The space agency discovered that one of its servers was compromised on Oct. 23, it revealed in an internal memo posted to Spaceref.The server included employees’ personal info, including Social Security numbers, but the agency doesn’t know if that data was stolen. NASA is working with federal cybersecurity partners to figure it out.”Those NASA Civil Service employees who were on-boarded, separated from the agency, and/or transferred between Centers, from July 2006 to October 2018, may have been affected,” Bob Gibbs, the assistant administrator in NASA’s office of human capital management, wrote in the memo. The agency doesn’t believe any of its missions, which include the InSight lander’s work on Mars, were compromised by the breach.The memo doesn’t mention why NASA waited nearly two months to inform employees, but our sister site ZDNet (which previously reported on the memo) noted that US law enforcement regularly asks hacked organizations to delay notifying potential victims during an investigation.”NASA takes cybersecurity very seriously and is committed to devoting the necessary resources to ensure the security of agency information and IT systems,” the agency said in an emailed statement, which also noted that it’d provide identity protection services to those potentially affected.Back in August, the US State Department suffered a data breach that exposed some employee data.First published at 3:08 a.m. PT.Updated at 5:55 a.m. PT: Added NASA statement.NASA turns 60: And it’s reinventing itself for the SpaceX era. CNET’s Holiday Gift Guide: The place to find the best tech gifts for 2018. 5:16 2 NASA InSight lander rocks its journey to Mars: A view in pictures Tags Share your voice Security Tech Industry