A short-duration mission is also perfect for testing a new generation of health sensors, vital measurement devices and electro-muscle-mobility devices. These have direct benefit for future exploration missions and even sooner on Earth, for instance with operators of heavy machinery or with rehabilitation after sports injuries.
Andreas will be specially suited too: he will assess a new 'skinsuit' during normal daily activities. This is tight garment made from elastic material mimicking Earth gravity and thus passively mitigating deconditioning of an astronaut's body during spaceflight.
Along with the Soyuz arrival, the ISS will host up to nine persons for a while - a record that has not been broken since retirement of the Space Shuttle in 2011.
This new technology packed mission will be a dream flight for an aerospace engineer like Andreas. Not only will the mission include many firsts and demonstrations, but also Andreas will fly as the flight engineer in the 'left seat' of Soyuz, making him second-in-command of their vehicle.
Andreas was born in
He was selected as an ESA astronaut in
In addition to his training and work activities, Andreas worked for ESA on the Lunar Lander programme at ESTEC, Noordwijk,
From his homebase at the European Astronaut Centre in
Andreas blogs about space exploration and his astronaut training activities in Danish at videnskab.dk/profil/andreas-mogensen. About the
ESA has 20 Member States:
ESA has Cooperation Agreements with eight other Member States of the EU.
ESA is also working actively with the EU on implementing the Galileo and Copernicus programmes.
By coordinating the financial and intellectual resources of its members, ESA can undertake programmes and activities far beyond the scope of any single European country.
ESA develops the launchers, spacecraft and ground facilities needed to keep
Today, it launches satellites for Earth observation, navigation, telecommunications and astronomy, sends probes to the far reaches of the Solar System and cooperates in the human exploration of space. For further information:
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