Jeremy Hansen
Hansen wearing a blue CSA uniform
Hansen at a NASA news conference in 2023
Jeremy Roger Hansen

(1976-01-27) January 27, 1976 (age 48)
EducationRoyal Military College (BS, MS)
AwardsCanadian Forces' Decoration (2006)
Space career
CSA astronaut
NASA astronaut
SelectionCSA Group (2009)
NASA Group 20 (2009)
MissionsArtemis 2
Military career
Service/branchRoyal Canadian Air Force
Years of service1994–present

Jeremy Roger Hansen CD FRCGS (born January 27, 1976) is a Canadian astronaut, fighter pilot, physicist and former aquanaut. He was selected to join the Canadian Space Agency in the 2009 CSA selection along with David Saint-Jacques. Prior to his selection as one of Canada's astronauts, Hansen was a Royal Canadian Air Force captain, piloting the CF-18 fighter jet at CFB Cold Lake, Alberta. He has since been promoted to the rank of colonel.

Hansen was selected as a mission specialist on the Artemis 2 flight, which intends to circle the Moon in 2025. He will be the first non-American astronaut to fly to the Moon.

Early life and education

Hansen was born on January 27, 1976, in London, Ontario, and raised on a farm near Ailsa Craig, until moving to Ingersoll for his high school education.

After graduating from Ingersoll District Collegiate Institute in Ingersoll, Ontario, Hansen attended the Royal Military College in Kingston, Ontario, where he completed a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree in space science in 1999 with First Class Honours.

Hansen later completed a Master of Science degree in physics at the Royal Military College in 2000, with a research focus on wide field of view satellite tracking.[1]


In 2013, Hansen served as cavenaut into the ESA CAVES training in Sardinia, alongside Satoshi Furukawa, Michael Barratt, Jack Fisher, Aleksei Ovchinin and Paolo Nespoli.[2]

On June 10, 2014, NASA announced that Hansen would serve as an aquanaut aboard the Aquarius underwater laboratory during the NEEMO 19 undersea exploration mission, which began on September 7, 2014, and lasted seven days.[3][4]

Official crew portrait for Artemis II, from left: NASA Astronauts Christina Koch, Victor Glover, Reid Wiseman, Canadian Space Agency Astronaut Jeremy Hansen.

On April 3, 2023, he was announced as part of the upcoming Artemis 2 mission to be the first Canadian to travel to the Moon.[5]

Personal life

Hansen is married to Catherine Hansen and has three children.[1]

Honours and awards

See also


  1. ^ a b "Astronaut Jeremy Hansen's biography". Canadian Space Agency. February 2, 2023. Retrieved April 3, 2023.
  2. ^ Sauro, Francesco; De Waele, Jo; Payler, Samuel J.; Vattano, Marco; Sauro, Francesco Maria; Turchi, Leonardo; Bessone, Loredana (1 July 2021). "Speleology as an analogue to space exploration: The ESA CAVES training programme". Acta Astronautica. 184: 150–166. Bibcode:2021AcAau.184..150S. doi:10.1016/j.actaastro.2021.04.003. hdl:11585/819077. ISSN 0094-5765. S2CID 234819922.
  3. ^ Buck, Joshua; Jeffs, William (August 7, 2017) [Originally published June 10, 2014]. Lewis, Robert (ed.). "NASA Announces Two Upcoming Undersea Missions" (Press release). 14-158. NASA. Retrieved April 10, 2023.
  4. ^ Bergin, Chris (June 11, 2014). "NEEMO returns with two new underwater missions". NASASpaceflight. Retrieved June 24, 2014.
  5. ^ Mortillaro, Nicole (April 3, 2023). "'It is glorious,' says astronaut Jeremy Hansen, announced as 1st Canadian to go to the Moon". CBC News . Archived from the original on April 3, 2023. Retrieved April 3, 2023.
  6. ^ "Prime Minister announces Canadian delegation to the Coronation of His Majesty King Charles III". Office of the Prime Minister of Canada. 3 May 2023. Retrieved 3 May 2023.
  7. ^ "CALGARY STAMPEDE PARADE MARSHAL". Calgary Stampede. 14 June 2023. Retrieved 14 June 2023.