NASA’s Newest Guy in Space is a Doctor!

The International Space Station just got its newest member: Dr.Kjell Lindgren. Board certified in emergency medicine and aerospace medicine, he arrived at the space outpost today.

It’s Lindgren’s first time in space and for the next five months, his primary job will be as a flight engineer while residing along with fellow NASA astronaut Scott Kelly – who is surprisingly spending a whole year living in space.

Lindgren was born in Taiwan but spent much of a his childhood living in England. His current Earth home is in Houston, Texas, where he lives with his wife, Kristiana, and their three children. He serves as a medical resident at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis.

Lindgren invited his former teacher Dr. Douglas Brunette, senior medical director of emergency and trauma service at HCMC, to see the launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

Brunette has been posting his observations of the launch on the HCMC’s website.

“Launch was absolutely beautiful,” Brunette wrote in his latest post. “Not a cloud in the sky. The ISS passed directly overhead, and 30 seconds later the rocket lit up to go and chase it. Deafening sound, lit up the pitch black sky, physically rattled your chest.”

On his NASA profile Lindgren outlines running as a favorite pass time. He’ll get plenty of time to run on COLBERT, the specially designed space treadmill named after comedian Stephen Colbert. The amateur astronomer will also enjoy a new view from his home in low Earth orbit.

Lindgren was joined by two other astronauts from Russia and Japan when he blasted into space on board the Soyuz spacecraft. The trio arrived at the International Space Station at 12:56 a.m. ET today and they received a warm welcome, NASA officials said.

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