Christer Fuglesang, 52, is a Swedish member of the European Space Agency (ESA) and will serve as a mission specialist aboard the Discovery.
• Christer Fuglesang poised for Tuesday liftoff
He holds a PhD in experimental particle physics and has worked at the European Research Center on Particle Physics.
In 1992, he was selected to join ESA for astronaut training. He has also trained with the Russian space agency.
In 1996, he joined NASA to become a mission specialist, and he was a member of the crew that travelled to the International Space Station aboard the Discovery in 2006. During that mission he completed three space walks of 18 hours in total.
Fuglesang is married with three children.
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Last Updated (Tuesday, 09 February 2010 08:06)