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.
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.
The business end of our rocket. Hard to fully comprehend the power this thing will produce to get us into orbit. pic.twitter.com/MwxkAaL1YW— Kjell Lindgren (@astro_kjell) July 19, 2015
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.
Now THAT was awesome. Thank you to everyone who made this dream come true! pic.twitter.com/O5RgF27dYW— Kjell Lindgren (@astro_kjell) July 23, 2015