Canadian astronaut Julie Payette describes her mission to the International Space Station with a photograph in the background of the space shuttle with her in it during lift off on Friday August 28, 2009 in Longueuil, Que. As the crew's robotic arm expert, Payette operated three arms during the mission: the station's Canadarm2, the shuttle's Canadarm, and the Japanese arm.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

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Julie Payette, who rocketed into space as Canada’s second female astronaut, appears poised to become the next Governor General.
Payette, who left Canada’s astronaut corps four years ago, appears likely to be named as the Queen’s next representative in Canada on Thursday.
The 53-year-old Montreal native would replace David Johnston, who has held the office for seven years, becoming the fourth woman to hold the governor general post after Michaëlle Jean, Adrienne Clarkson and Jeanne Sauvé.
The Prime Minister’s Office was not officially commenting Wednesday on the choice of the next Governor General. But a senior government official confirmed that Payette appeared certain to take on the post.
The identity of Johnston’s replacement has been a closely guarded secret. Traditionally, the viceregal …