When the Canadian Space Agency announced it was looking to hire new astronauts, eight-year-old Sahana Khatri immediately got to work crafting her application.
You see, Sahana loves space. Her big dream is to someday visit a new planet, and she even owns her very own telescope so she can live vicariously through the stars. That’s why when the time came to submit an application, Sahana didn’t mess around.
The girl, who’s from Montreal, Que., spent more than 10 days pouring over the paper. She listed off her recent space-themed birthday party as a credential, along with her love of math, science and her propensity to be naturally curious. Once she was happy with her resume, she did something few other kids would think of doing: She took it to her local representative, Vaudreuil-Soulanges MP Peter Schiefke.
“For a long time, I’ve wanted to be an astronaut,” she reads aloud to him. “I think the Canadian Space Agency should choose me now to prepare me, so I’ll be ready when I’m old enough to go into space.”
Her interview went so well, that Sahana received a personal response from Innovation and Science Minister Navdeep Bains.
“I was very inspired to see a young lady like yourself who wants to be an astronaut,” said Bains in a video response he posted to Facebook on Friday. “As you know, you’re a bit too young now, but the future does look bright.”
Sahana mother later told CTV News that her daughter was “quite touched” that Bains took the time to reply personally. As for Sahana? She says she’s going to apply again once she gets older.
Something tells us her career is about to blast off.