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A. Christer Fuglesang

In May 1992, A. Christer Fuglesang joined the ESA Astronaut Corps based at the European Astronaut Centre (EAC) in Cologne, Germany. He followed the introductory training programme at EAC and a four-week training programme at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Centre (GCTC) in Star City, Russia, as part of the ESA–Russian collaboration on the Mir space station. In July 1993, he completed basic training at EAC.


In May 1993, Fuglesang and fellow ESA astronaut Thomas Reiter were selected for the EuroMir-95 mission and started training at GCTC to prepare for their flight engineer tasks, spacewalks and Soyuz spacecraft operations. In March 1995, Fuglesang was selected as a member of Crew 2 for EuroMir-95, joining Gennadi Manakov and Pavel Vinogradov. The mission lasted from 3 September to 29 February 1996. Fuglesang was the prime Crew Interface Coordinator working at the Russian Mission Control Centre in Kaliningrad, Russia.


In August 1996, Fuglesang entered the Mission Specialist Class at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, USA. He qualified for flight assignment as a Mission Specialist in April 1998.


In October 1998, he returned to NASA Johnson and was assigned to technical duties in NASA’s Astronaut Office. He worked with Russian spacecraft such as the Soyuz and Progress and then as Crew Support Astronaut for Expedition 2 to the International Space Station. Afterwards he worked on equipment for the International Space Station and on spacewalks.


From 9 to 22 December 2006, Fuglesang Fuglesang flew as Mission Specialist on Space Shuttle Discovery for STS-116 to the International Space Station. He became the first Swedish astronaut to fly in space.


During his Celsius mission, Fuglesang conducted three spacewalks. His tasks were to attach new hardware to the Station and to reconfigure the Station’s electrical power system. The unscheduled third spacewalk freed the Station’s jammed P6 solar array. His total spacewalk time during the mission was 18 hours 14 minutes.


Fuglesang‘s second spaceflight lasted from 29 August to 12 September 2009. He was Mission Specialist on Space Shuttle Discovery for STS-128 to the International Space Station.


On this Alissé mission, Fuglesang made two spacewalks, installing an ammonia tank and preparing for the installation of the European-built Node-3 module. He spent 13 hours and 40 minutes spacewalking, bringing his total time spent spacewalking to 31 hours and 54 minutes.


Fuglesang was also responsible for overseeing cargo transfers from the Leonardo Multi-Purpose Logistics Module that was brought to the Station inDiscovery. Fuglesang also performed experiments and educational and public relations activities.


As of June 2013 Fuglesang is seconded to the Swedish KTH Royal Institute of Technology in the Department of Physics and the Department of Aeronautical and Vehicle Engineering teaching particle physics and human spaceflight.


Fuglesang was the guest speaker at a SACC-Dallas event at the Sheraton McKinney Hotel, and I sent a friend this photo as well as my "Space Shuttle: The First 20 Years" book.


While I did received a response from ESA on 13 June 2014 from a request sent in September 2013 - a request signed in black marker which I believe to be more authentic than the previous photo cards sent wih a signature in gold pen - I like getting photos other than the standard portrait autographed, and the in-person signature means I'm more than sure it's a real signature. McKinney, Texas, 16 May 2015.


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Taken on May 26, 2015