A journey to the International Space Station, space radiation and light flashes / Pot na Mednarodno vesoljsko postajo, kozmično sevanje in svetlobni bliski

author: Christer Fuglesang, NASA
published: Jan. 15, 2009,   recorded: June 2007,   views: 3385

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Dr. Christer Fuglesang was born on March 18, 1957 in Stockholm, Sweden. He studied at the University of Stockholm, where he obtained his doctorate in Experimental Particle Physics in 1987. He continued his career as an experimental high energy physicist and chiefly worked at CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research) in Geneva. At CERN, he worked on the UA5 experiment, which studied proton-antiproton collisions at the energy of 540 GeV.

In 1980s he became a Fellow of the CPLEAR, through which he also collaborated with Slovene scientists presently working at University of Nova Gorica. The aforementioned international group of scientists studied the violation of most basic symmetries in nature. The group’s most remarkable achievement was the discovery of the arrow of time in the microcosm. He continued his career by working on the project regarding the construction of the world largest hadron collider LHC.

In 1990, Dr. Fuglesang returned to Sweden and obtained a position at the Manne Siegbahn Institute of Physics, Stockholm. Two years later, however, he decided to continue his career as an astronaut and joined the Astronaut Corps of the European Space Agency (ESA) in May 1992. In 1995, he was selected member of the backup crew for the Euromir 95 mission. Besides obtaining a licence for a qualified astronaut of the American agency NASA in 1998, he was also awarded the Russian 'Soyuz Return Commander' certificate. In the meantime, Dr. Fuglesang continued with his research and was involved in the SilEye experiment, which investigated light flashes in astronauts’ eyes on the international space station MIR. The same type of research is being continued on the International Space Station (ISS).

Dr. Fuglesang has also initiated the DESIRE project to simulate and estimate the radiation environment inside the ISS.

Even prior to the accident of the space shuttle Columbia, he was selected crew member of the STS-116, which was with the expected delay launched toward the ISS on December 7 2006. Dr. Fuglesang’s assigned duties within the STS-116 mission are mainly of scientific and technical nature.

During his successful career, Dr. Christer Fuglesang has been presented numerous international awards. Moreover, an Honorary Doctorate from Umeå University in Sweden was conferred upon him in 1999.

Dr. Christer Fuglesang je študiral na Univerzi v Stockholmu, kjer je leta 1987 doktoriral iz fizike. Svojo kariero je nadaljeval kot eksperimentalni fizik visokih energij in večino časa delal v Evropskem laboratoriju za fiziko delcev CERN v Ženevi. Po vrnitvi na Švedsko se je že kmalu odločil, da svojo strokovno pot nadaljuje kot astronavt. Maja 1992 se je pridružil astronavtom Evropske vesoljske agencije ESA. Leta 1995 je postal član rezervne posadke za misijo Euromir 95. Leta 1998 je dobil še licenco astronavta ameriške agencije NASA in licenco poveljnika ruskega programa Soyuz. V tem času je nadaljeval z raziskovalnim delom.

Delal je na eksperimentu Sil Eye, kjer je preučeval svetlobne bliske v astronavtovih očeh na mednarodni postaji MIR. S tem delom nadaljuje tudi na mednarodni vesoljski postaji ISS. Že pred nesrečo raketoplana Columbia je postal član posadke STS-116, ki je po pričakovanih zamudah poletela proti ISS 7. decembra 2006. Njegove naloge v misiji STS-116 so bile predvsem znanstvene in tehnične narave.

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