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Biographical Data

NAME: Christer Fuglesang
ESA Astronaut

Born March 18, 1957 in Stockholm, Sweden. Married to the former Elisabeth Walldie. They have three children. Enjoys sports, sailing, skiing, frisbee, traveling, games, reading.

Graduated from Bromma Gymnasium, Stockholm, Sweden, in 1975; received a master of science degree in Engineering Physics from the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm, Sweden, in 1981; received a doctorate in Experimental Particle Physics from the University of Stockholm in 1987. He became a Docent in Particle Physics at the University of Stockholm in 1991.

Member, Swedish Physics Society.

As a graduate student, Fuglesang worked at the CERN Research Laboratory outside Geneva on the UA5 experiment, which studied proton-antiproton collisions. In 1988, he became a Fellow of CERN, where he worked with the CPLEAR experiment, studying the subtle CP-violation of Kaon-particles. After a year at CERN he became Senior Fellow and was head of the particle identification subdetector. In November 1990, Fuglesang obtained a position at the Manne Siegbahn Institute of Physic, Stockholm, but remained stationed at CERN in Geneva working towards the new LHC project (Large Hadron Collider). In August 1991 he moved back to Stockholm. Since 1980, when stationed in Sweden, Fuglesang taught Mathematics at KTH.

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.

Fuglesang reported to the Johnson Space Center in August 1996. Having completed two years of training and evaluation, he is qualified for flight assignment as a mission specialist. Currently, Fuglesang is assigned technical duties in the Astronaut Office Computer Support Branch.

APRIL 1998

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