First Dane in Space

The European Space Agency presented the six individuals who will become Europe’s new astronauts. The new recruits will start their training to prepare for future missions to the International Space Station, and beyond.

Among them is Andreas Mogensen, born in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 1976. He received a master’s degree in engineering from Imperial College, London, and a doctorate in engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. Andreas Mogensen has been working as an engineer for HE Space Operations. His pastimes include rugby, mountaineering and diving.

The six new astronauts were selected following a Europe-wide recruitment process that started last year. Following thorough psychological, medical and professional screening that started with 8413 valid applications, they are the first new recruits to join the European Astronaut Corps since 1992 under this second-ever astronaut selection carried out by ESA.

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