Meet Kjell Lindgren, NASA's Newest Guy in Space

PHOTO: Expedition 44 Flight Engineer Kjell Lindgren of NASA answers a question during a press conference on Tuesday, July 21, 2015, at the Cosmonaut Hotel in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. Aubrey Gemignani/NASA via Getty Images
Expedition 44 Flight Engineer Kjell Lindgren of NASA answers a question during a press conference on Tuesday, July 21, 2015, at the Cosmonaut Hotel in Baikonur, Kazakhstan.

There's now a doctor on board the International Space Station.

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Dr. Kjell Lindgren, who is board certified in emergency medicine and aerospace medicine, arrived at the space outpost today as NASA's newest astronaut in orbit, NASA officials said.

It's Lindgren's first time in space and for the next five months, his primary job will be as a flight engineer while living alongside fellow NASA astronaut Scott Kelly, who is spending an unprecedented one year living in space.

Global Upbringing

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.

What Will Be Different in Space

Lindgren lists running as one of his interests in his NASA profile. 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.

Mission accomplished!

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