According to press service of Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center, NASA astronaut Kjell N. Lindgren was introduced to the management and instructors of GCTC.
Kjell N. Lindgren was born in Taiwan. He received a bachelor of science degree in biology (minor in Mandarin Chinese) from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1995; a master of science degree in cardiovascular physiology from Colorado State University (CSU) in 1996; and a doctorate of medicine from the University of Colorado in 2002. Dr. Lindgren was selected in June 2009 as one of 14 members of the 20th NASA astronaut class. He recently graduated from Astronaut Candidate Training that included scientific and technical briefings, intensive instruction in ISS systems, Extravehicular Activity (EVA), robotics, physiological training, T-38 flight training and water and wilderness survival training.
In Gagarin Space Center Dr. Lindgren will have training as a backup crewmember of expedition ISS-42/43. This training will be aimed to be certified as flight engineer of Soyuz TMA-M spacecraft and user of the ISS Russian Segment.
During training flow astronaut will study design and onboard systems of Soyuz spacecraft and Russian Segment of the ISS. Also GCTC specialist will train him to survive under various conditions in case of emergency landing. The program also includes certain elements of bio-medical training and Russian language study. The full course will end up with qualification exams.
Kjell N. Lindgren will fly to ISS in 2015 as prime crewmember of expedition ISS- 44/45.
Photo: Kjell N. Lindgren (NASA), Oleg Kononenko (Roscosmos), Kimiya Yui (JAXA).
Source: GCTC, Star city