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Fuglesang Busy in Space

Published tisdag 1 september 2009 kl 19.23
Christer Fuglesang before departure from Earth

Tuesday was the most intensive day so far for Swedish astronaut Christer Fuglesang, who spent the day preparing for the transfer of various necessities from the space shuttle Discovery to the international Space Station.

"There were loads of cords, tubes and other things that needed to be disconnected and put in place. However, we were done almost two hours ahead of schedule, so we started transferring things (...) straight away. This was work planned for tomorrow, but there is never any harm in being one step ahead," Fuglesang writes on his blog for the Swedish National Space Board.

Loading and unloading of goods such as food, clothes, spare parts and scientific equipment, will be Fuglesang's main job during this trip into space. He has been so busy, he has not had time to take a proper look at Scandinavia from where he is positioned. When he did have a chance to look, he got a good view of northern Italy. "but we were too far away, or it was too cloudy, so I could never distinguish home in the north," he writes.

On Friday, Fuglesang is expected to undertake his first of two space walks. Two of his colleagues will take the step into space already late on Tuesday evening.

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