NordicSpace’s Baard Kringen talking with Director General Lars Prahm
The presentation of a new ski jumping hill, Holmenkollen, in Oslo, ready for World Championship in 2011, reminds us of all of the light pollution that prevents even greater parts of the population from seeing a clear sky with all the stellar constellations generations before us have seen.
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.
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.
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).
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.
The North and the Canadian Space Program
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.