Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center
Houston, Texas 77058
In May 1992, Fuglesang was selected to join the Astronaut Corps of the European Space Agency (ESA) based at the European Astronauts Centre (EAC) in Cologne, Germany. In 1992, he completed the introductory Training Programme at EAC and a four-week training Program at TsPK (Cosmonauts Training Centre) in Star City, Russia, with a view to future ESA-Russian collaboration in the Mir Space Station. From January to July 1993, he performed Basic Training at EAC.
In May 1993, Fuglesang and fellow ESA astronaut, Thomas Reiter, of Germany were selected for the EUROMIR 95 mission. In August 1993, the two astronauts started training at TsPK in preparation for their board-engineer tasks, extra vehicular activities (spacewalks) and operations of the Soyuz transportation system. The EUROMIR 95 experiment training was organized and mainly carried out at the European Astronaut Centre.
On March 17, 1995, he was selected as a member of the backup crew for the EUROMIR mission joining Genadi Manakov and Pavel Vinogradov. During the ESA's EUROMIR 95 mission (September 3, 1995 to February 29, 1996), Fuglesang was the prime Crew Interface Coordinator (CIC). From the Russian Mission Control Centre (TsUP) in Kaliningrad, he was the main contact of Thomas Reiter in Mir and acted as a coordinator between Mir and the EUROMIR 95 Payloads Operations Control Centre (SCOPE) located in Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany and the project management. Fuglesang continued with some of his scientific work and is presently involved in the SilEye (Silicon Eye) experiment on board Mir. SilEye studies the light flashes which occasionally occur on orbit in the eyes of astronauts. In July 1996, he was selected by the European Space Agency to attend NASA's Astronaut Candidate Training.