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Marcus Wandt will fly to International Space Station on third Axiom Space mission
ESA project astronaut Marcus Wandt trains in a mock-up of the Columbus module at the European Astronaut Centre in Cologne, Germany. The astronaut will travel to the International Space Station on Axiom Mission 3 (Ax-3) no earlier than January 2024. The Swedish astronaut is currently following a training programme to live and work in space, and meet the high standards required for human space flight. Marcus's training takes place in Europe, USA, Canada, and Japan.
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Marcus Wandt will fly to International Space Station on third Axiom Space mission
by Staff Writers
Paris (ESA) Sep 15, 2023

ESA project astronaut Marcus Wandt from Sweden will travel to the International Space Station (ISS) on Axiom Mission 3 (Ax-3) no earlier than January 2024.

Axiom Space announced the four crew members who will spend up to 14 days on board the Space Station during the Ax-3 mission. Marcus will serve as mission specialist under the command of Michael Lopez-Alegria, Axiom Space's chief astronaut, representing both USA and Spain as a dual-citizen.

Marcus, Walter, and Alper have extensive flight experience, and all served in their nation's air forces. Marcus worked as a test and fighter pilot for the Swedish Air Force.

"This crew is shifting the paradigm of how governments and space agencies access and reap the benefits of microgravity. The Ax-3 mission will be transformational as it positions European nations as pioneers of the emerging commercial space industry," said Michael, former NASA astronaut and Ax-1 mission commander.

"With Marcus, Europe is teaming for the first time with a commercial space company to implement an astronaut flight to the International Space Station. ESA is supporting its Member States to show how fast-track, short-duration missions can generate good science, outreach and education in support of STEM and benefits for life on Earth," says Frank De Winne, ESA's ISS Programme Manager.

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch Ax-3 on a SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft to the Space Station from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, USA. Once docked with the orbital laboratory, Marcus will spend up to 14 days conducting microgravity research and educational activities.

The Swedish astronaut is currently following a training programme to live and work in space, and meet the high standards required for human spaceflight. Marcus's training takes place in Europe, USA, Canada and Japan.

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