First Danish Astronaut

2 September 2015 the first Danish ESA astronaut Andreas Mogensen began a 10-day mission to the International Space Station ISS. Andreas Mogensen was launched with a Russian Soyuz TMA-18 spacecraft from the Russian spaceport in Baikonour in Kazakhstan.

What was Andreas  doing on the mission in space?

Andreas Mogensen was deputy commander on the Soyuz spacecraft and the Russian astronaut Sergei Volkov was captain.

During the mission named iriss Andreas Mogensen was among other Things testing new technologies, had scientific experiments made on him and replaced a spacecraft.

Andreas Mogensen tested a new, tight-fitting suit, a Scinsuit, which should ease the back pain that many astronauts suffer from.  Moreover, biological experiments investigated Andreas’ veins, muscles, bones and brain to see how they manage the weightless condition in space.

Andreas Mogensen


About Andreas Mogensen

Andreas Mogensen has a master’s degree in aeronautical engineering from Imperial College London and a PhD from University of Texas in guidance, navigation and control of spacecrafts. In addition, Andreas Mogensen is honorary associate professor at DTU Space, Technical University of Denmark.

In 2009 the European Space Agency, ESA, selected Andreas Mogensen as the first Dane to their corps of astronauts. He finished the astronaut basic training programme in 2010 and has since then continued his training prior to his mission to ISS in Europe, USA and Russia.

The aim of many of the other experiments on the mission was to test new methods to how faster and more precise cooperation with the space center on Earth can be made. During the mission Andreas carried out some tasks without prior training on Earth.

The mission creates interest for natural sciences

The Danish Agency for Science, Technology and Innovation has established cooperation with the national NTS Centre and DTU Space with the purpose of using the interest for the first Danish astronaut in space to increase the interest in natural sciences and technology.

The cooperation has made it possible for several thousand Danish pupils and students to work with projects which are based on the mission or space travel in general and has also given them the opportunity to meet with Andreas Mogensen.