Friday, February 02, 2024

Ax-3 Astronaut Marcus Wendt | Muninn Mission Highlights | ESA

Ax-3 Astronaut Marcus Wendt | Muninn Mission Highlights | ESA

European Space Agency (ESA) project astronaut Marcus Wandt of Sweden in ESA’s Columbus module during his Muninn mission to the International Space Station.

Marcus Wandt in Columbus

ESA project astronaut Marcus Wandt wears a cap with sensors to record his brain activity during a session of the Orbital Architecture experiment in ESA’s Cupola module.

ESA project astronaut and Axiom Mission 3 Mission Specialist Marcus Wandt performs a technology demonstration called Surface Avatar. The experiment involved Marcus teleoperating robots on Earth from the International Space Station.
Two Scandinavian astronauts are living and working together in space for the first time in the history of spaceflight. Andreas Mogensen from Denmark (left) and Marcus Wandt (right) from Sweden are sharing the space home to boost European science and technology.
ESA’s Columbus module on the International Space Station. The Danish and Swedish flags are in the background, representing the nationalities of Andreas Mogensen (Denmark) and Marcus Wandt (Sweden).

ESA project astronaut Marcus Wandt's first mission to space, Muninn, takes its name from Norse mythology and the two raven accomplices of the god OdinMuninn and Huginn. Together, the two symbolize the human mind. Huginn is the name of ESA astronaut Andreas Mogensen’s Space Station mission.
According to the myth, the ravens serve as messengers and advisors to their god, sharing all they see and hear. Muninn comes from the Old Norse word munr, that can be translated as passion and emotion, linking to Marcus’s enthusiasm for spaceflight.

European Space Agency (ESA) project astronaut Marcus Wandt of Sweden took off on January 18, 2024, as part of the Axiom-3 crew for a 14-day mission to the International Space Station. The four Ax-3 astronauts are now preparing for their departure from the station aboard the SpaceX Dragon Freedom spacecraft for no earlier than Saturday morning, Feb. 3, 2024. Mission managers from Axiom Space, SpaceX, and NASA are monitoring weather conditions at the splashdown site off the coast of Florida before making a final undocking decision.

Follow Marcus’s journey on the Muninn website:

Marcus Wandt - Ax-3 Mission Specialist

Marcus' Biography:

Learn more about the Ax-3 Mission here:

An international partnership of space agencies provides and operates the elements of the International Space Station (ISS). The principals are the space agencies of the United States, Russia, Europe, Japan, and Canada. The ISS has been the most politically complex space exploration program ever undertaken.

Image Credit: Axiom Space/M. López Alegría/ESA/NASA-A. Mogensen/M. Wandt

Release Dates: Jan. 20, 2024

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