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Christer Fuglesang

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Christer Fuglesang is an ESA astronaut, currently on secondment to Sweden via the Swedish National Space Board (SNSB). Fuglesang’s main activities are currently at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, where he is Adjunct Professor in Space Physics and Director of KTH Space Center. His research is related to particles in space: radiation on the International Space Station (ISS) since many years, and he recently joined a project involving the study of ultra-high energy cosmic rays, JEM-EUSO, on ISS. Fuglesang is also responsible for the AeroSpace Masters Program at KTH and has initiated a student CubeSat satellite project, MIST. For SNSB he is engaged in outreach activities, in particular for schools and students.

Fuglesang was an active ESA astronaut for 18 years. He trained one year at the European Astronaut Centre in Cologne, followed by three years in Russia where he was backup for the EuroMir95 mission. In 1996 he was stationed with NASA at the Johnson Space Centre in Houston and became a Mission Specialist for the Space Shuttle. Fuglesang has performed two missions with the Space Shuttle Discovery to the International Space Station in 2006 (STS-116) and 2009 (STS-128). During these missions he participated in five EVAs (space walks).

Between 2010 and 2013 Fuglesang was Head of the Science and Applications Division in ESA’s Human Spaceflight Directorate, stationed at ESTEC in the Netherlands. Fuglesang’s research background is in experimental particle physics. In 1987 he earned a Ph.D. from Stockholm University in the field and worked at CERN 1988-1991.

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