Andreas Mogensen

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Andreas E. Mogensen
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Born (1976-11-02) 2 November 1976 (age 44)[1]
Copenhagen, Denmark
Other namesAndreas Enevold Mogensen
Alma materImperial College London
OccupationAerospace engineer
Space career
ESA astronaut
Time in space
9d 20h 14m
Selection2009 ESA Group
MissionsSoyuz TMA-18M/Soyuz TMA-16M
Mission insignia
Soyuz-TMA-18M-Mission-Patch.png Soyuz-TMA-16M-Mission-Patch.png

Andreas Enevold Mogensen (born 2 November 1976) is a Danish engineer and astronaut. He was the first Dane to fly in space as part of the iriss programme.[2]


He was born in Copenhagen. In Denmark he worked as an engineer in the R&D department of Vestas Wind Systems. He has worked in Germany as an attitude and orbit control system and guidance, navigation & control engineer for HE Space Operations associated with the SWARM mission. His position when he was selected by ESA was Aerospace Engineering at Surrey Space Centre, University of Surrey. He currently lives in Austin, Texas.


During his career Mogensen has also spent time in Thailand, Singapore, Portugal, Congo, and the United States. His pastimes include rugby, mountaineering and diving.

In ESA[edit]

Mogensen was selected to become the first Danish astronaut by the European Space Agency in May 2009. He completed initial training and became a member of the European Astronaut Corps in November 2010.

In 2013, Mogensen served as cavenaut into the ESA CAVES[3] training in Sardinia, alongside David Saint-Jaques, Soichi Noguchi, Nikolai Tikhonov, Andrew Feustel and Michael Fincke.

On 10 June 2014 NASA announced that Mogensen would serve as an aquanaut aboard the Aquarius underwater laboratory during the NEEMO 19 undersea exploration mission, which began on 7 September 2014 and lasted seven days.[4][5]

Mogensen (second from right) during NEEMO 19


Mogensen's mission to the ISS was called "iriss". The mission name was chosen from suggestions received from across Europe. "iriss" had two logos, one to highlight the overall mission and one for the educational outreach activities.

Mogensen exercising in the Destiny Laboratory

On 2 September 2015 Mogensen was launched with Soyuz TMA-18M to ISS, and landed with Soyuz TMA-16M ten days later. He was travelling with another visiting flight engineer, Aidyn Aimbetov. Among the items Andreas brought along were LEGO figures[6] and a poster for Copenhagen Suborbitals.[7]

Because of the short mission duration, Mogensen worked up to 9.5-hour days instead of the 8-hour workdays that are normal on the station.[8] His missions included remote control of a robot on Earth,[9] and filming Red Sprites and Blue Jets lightnings above thunderclouds,[10] directed from Earth.[11] He also tried a new kind of Skinsuit to alleviate back-pain astronauts feel due to the lengthening of their spine and used augmented reality goggles during his maintenance tasks.[8]

Mogensen left the station on 11 September 2015. Sergey Volkov was the ascent pilot (TMA-18M) and Gennady Padalka was the descent pilot (TMA-16M).[12] The crew landed at 00:51 UTC on 12 September 2015, just over three hours after departing the ISS.

Mogensen received the Danish Royal Medal of Recompense for his efforts.[13]



  1. ^ "Andreas Mogensen – den første danske astronaut". Rumrejsen 2015. Archived from the original on October 14, 2015. Retrieved August 27, 2015.
  2. ^ "Andreas Mogensen: Space Viking". European Space Agency. Retrieved September 3, 2015.
  3. ^ "Speleology as an analogue to space exploration: The ESA CAVES training programme". Acta Astronautica. 184: 150–166. 2021-07-01. doi:10.1016/j.actaastro.2021.04.003. ISSN 0094-5765.
  4. ^ "NASA Announces Two Upcoming Undersea Missions". NASA. June 10, 2014. Retrieved June 24, 2014.
  5. ^ Bergin, Chris (June 11, 2014). "NEEMO returns with two new underwater missions". NASASpaceflight. Retrieved June 24, 2014.
  6. ^ "The story behind the LEGO astronauts". iriss mission blog.
  7. ^ "Good luck, @CopSub (Andreas Mogensen on Twitter)". Twitter. Archived from the original on September 16, 2015.
  8. ^ a b "Iriss – A Sprint Mission". ESA.
  9. ^ (in Danish)
  10. ^ (in Danish) Archived September 23, 2015, at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ "How DMI found giant lightning for Andreas". Danish Meteorological Institute (in Danish). Archived from the original on September 21, 2015. Retrieved September 17, 2015.
  12. ^ "UK's Major Peake delighted by historic ISS assignment". May 20, 2013.
  13. ^ "Astronaut Andreas Mogensen modtager Den Kongelige Belønningsmedalje i guld med krone og inskription".
  14. ^ "Former Rygaards Student Blasts into Space!". Archived from the original on September 4, 2015.
  15. ^ (in Danish) Første danske astronaut slog en tur forbi Hellerup Archive
  16. ^

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