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Christer Fuglesang is Sweden’s only astronaut. He has been to space twice – in 2006 and 2009. Both times he visited the International Space Station ISS.

Christer is currently employed at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. There he works as director of the university’s space center and with the master’s program “Aerospace Engineering”. He also conducts his own research.
Previously, he has, among other things, worked at the European Space Technology Centre, ESTEC in the Netherlands. There, Christer had a key role in defining and prioritizing European research projects within the framework of manned space travel, such as experiments on board the ISS space station.


  • Graduated from Bromma Gymnasium in 1975.
  • Studied Technical Physics at the Royal Institute of Technology.
  • Disputed in experimental particle physics at Stockholm University in 1987.
  • Associate Professor 1991.
  • Appointed Honorary Doctor by Umeå University in October 1999.
  • Part of the European Astronaut Corps since 1992.
  • Became the first Swede in space when, on December 9, 2006, he went with the American space shuttle Discovery to the international space station ISS.
  • Christer’s second space flight started on August 29, 2009.

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