ESA Official Biography
NAME: Christer Fuglesang
BIRTHPLACE AND DATE: Stockholm, Sweden, 18 March 1957.
EDUCATION: Graduated from Bromma Gymnasium, Stockholm, in 1975 and received a Master of Science degree (Engineering Physics) from the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm 1981. Received a Doctorate in Experimental Particle Physics in 1987 and became a Docent in Particle Physics in 1991, at the University of Stockholm.
FAMILY: Married, two daughters and one son.
RECREATIONAL INTERESTS: Sailing, skiing, frisbee, travelling, logic games.
ORGANISATIONS: Member of the Swedish Physics Society.
EXPERIENCE: As a graduate student, Christer Fuglesang worked at CERN (European Research Centre on Particle Physics) in Geneva on the proton-antiproton collision UA5 experiment. He became a Fellow of CERN in 1988, where he worked on the CPLEAR experiment, studying the Kaon-particles. After a year he became a Senior Fellow and head of the particle identification subdetector. Fuglesang obtained a position at the Manne Siegbahn Institute of Physics, Stockholm, in 1990 but remained stationed at CERN working towards the new LHC (Large Hadron Collider) project. Since 1980 Fuglesang has (when in Sweden) also taught mathematics at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH).
Fuglesang was selected to join the Astronaut Corps of the European Space Agency (ESA) based at the European Astronaut Centre (EAC) in Cologne, Germany, in May 1992.
He completed the Introductory and Basic Training Programmes at EAC, and four weeks of training at TsPK (Cosmonauts Training Centre) in Star City ,Russia, with a view to future ESA-Russian collaboration in the Mir Space Station.
Fuglesang and fellow ESA astronaut, Thomas Reiter, of Germany, were selected for the Euromir 95 mission and started training at TsPK in August 1993 in preparation for their onboard engineer tasks, extra-vehicular activities ('spacewalks') and operations of the Soyuz transportation system. The Euromir 95 experiment training was organised and mainly carried out at the EAC.
In March 1995 he was selected as member of Crew 2 for the Euromir 95 mission, joining Genadi Manakov and Pavel Vinogradov. During the mission, which lasted 179 days from 3 September 1995 to 29 February 1996, Fuglesang was the prime Crew Interface Coordinator (CIC) at the Russian Mission Control Centre (TsUP) in Kaliningrad. He was the main contact with ESA Astronaut Thomas Reiter aboard Mir and was the coordinator between Mir and the Euromir 95 Payloads Operations Control Centre (SCOPE) located in Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany, and the project management.
Between March and June 1996, he underwent specialised training in TsPK on Soyuz operations for de-docking, atmospheric re-entry and landing. Christer Fuglesang entered the Mission Specialist Class at NASA/Johnson Space Centre at Houston in August 1996. This training led to his certification as Mission Specialist in April 1998.
In May 1998, he resumed his training at the Cosmonauts Training Centre (TsPK) in Star City, near Moscow, in order to qualify as Soyuz Return Commander.