A Danish Astronaut is preparing for a ten day mission to the ISS.
According to The Local Denmark, Andreas Mogensen will leave earth on Wednesday to begin a ten-day mission at the International Space Station (ISS). This will make him the first Danish astronaut to visit the space station in low earth orbit.
Mogensen is currently in Kazakhstan, preparing for his mission.
Mogenson’ mission will include the testing of new Skinsuit for the European space agency (ESA). This Skinsuit was designed with an aim to minimize the disadvantages of weightlessness on human body. In addition to this test, Mogensen will perform some research projects, and he will launch Aalborg University’s two small satellites to keep an eye on ship traffic in the Arctic.
Russian cosmonaut Sergei Volkov and Kazakhstan’s cosmonaut Aydyn Aimbetov will accompany Mogensen on his journey to the ISS. The the Soyuz TMA-18M spacecraft is estimated to take around 50 hours to reach the space station.
A few years ago, Mogensen was chosen as an astronaut by the ESA. He was assigned his ten-day mission to the ISS in August 2013. In a Google Hangout, Mogensen discussed his mission to the ISS, saying “It’s very difficult for me to imagine what it’s actually going to be like once I get launched into space. I have a real difficulty imagining that, because it is such a unique experience”.