Features/Reports

STS 116 – Mission Celsius

In honour of the Swedish scientist Celsius, as well as celebrating the first Swede in space, the mission was named Mission Celsius, and its main tasks was to bring more construction parts to the International Space Station, put them together, and exchange some parts of the already assembled station. In addition, they set out to carry out some scientific experiments and replace one of the crew at the station.

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Christer Fuglesang – The first Nordic person in space

It should have happened ages ago, but in the beginning of December Christer Fuglesang was the first astronaut from the Nordic countries. With a solid theoretical basis, in addition to training and preparation for the mission the past fifteen years, it is a very well prepared astronaut that enters into space.

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-Who was Anders Celsius

Anders Celsius lived in the period of 1701-1744 and was one of a large number of scientists originating from Ovanåker in the province of Hälsingland. The family name is a Latinised version of the name of the vicarage (Högen).

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Dreaming of becoming an astronaut?

No doubt, many people have dreamt about becoming an astronaut. The feeling of drifting away weightless, watching the blue planet down under. It may seem tempting for many. For others again, dealing with the technical challenges in connection with being an astronaut, or use space for advanced research, will be the main reasons.

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New strategic aims for ESA?

The ESA has recently undergone great changes. A new Director General is employed, a closer connection to the European Union has been established, and one has changed the structure of the organisation itself. Is this a brand new organisation, and where to from here, one may ask.

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