ESA's Danish astronaut
This 10-day mission will be Andreas's first flight into space and the first ever space mission by a Danish astronaut.
The flight is directly connected to the new era in ISS operations: two experienced spacefarers from the
"I'm happy to announce this mission as this is already the fifth flight assignment for the class recruited in 2009," said
"With first of the new class, Luca Parmitano, currently working on the
"Thanks to the decisions of the Member States at the
"This mission is the fulfilment of a life-long dream and the culmination of many years of hard work and training," said
"I am excited to be able to participate in ESA's outstanding programme of science and technology development on board the
The launch of the mission will take place on
During his flight, Andreas will test novel ways of interaction between the ground and space crews with a mobile device that allows astronauts to operate it hands-free and with several multi-user communication techniques. The system will have also advanced 3D visualisation and augmented reality -features that will be fully exploited with added wearable computers and cameras to allow the general public to follow activities on the ISS 'through the eyes of an ESA astronaut' potentially in real time.
Andreas's short mission is an excellent opportunity for several science studies, particularly in life science. By adding samples and measurements from a short-duration mission astronaut to material gathered and being collected during long-duration missions, the value of the biomedical statistics is increased. All the instrumentation needed for physiology, biology and material science experiments is already available in the Columbus laboratory and samples can be returned quickly back to Earth for further analysis.
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