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Jesse Zroback's beside himself. His lifelong dream of becoming an astronaut could actually be coming through.

During a recent interview, he talked about the appeal of going into space.

"I just love adventure and exploring," he said. "It's being part of expanding human technology and engineering, in order to -- maybe at some point -- there will be some kind of technology that will benefit Canadians and the world."

Zroback's currently working on a short-term contract in Kenora, but his work as a doctor could take him to different parts of the country. His training for the astronaut program, if he's successful, could take him to the United States.

As one of 72 candidates for two positions, he figures his chances are one in 36. If you consider it's the first time the  Canadian Space Agency has hired astronauts in nine years, and it's only the fourth time in Canadian history, Zroback actually feels pretty good about the situation.

"It's been going on my whole life. My mom tells me since the age of 2, I've been talking about being an astronaut," he says, noting he's had to temper his expectations over the years, as he waited for an opportunity.

Zroback hopes to find out more about his application by the summer. If successful, he'll be asked to move to Houston in August. In the meantime, he hopes to complete more short-term medical contracts in Kenora, Red Lake and northern Canada.

For more information:

Zroback finalist for astronaut program

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