Astronauts in Sweden to speak about space

Sweden's first-ever astronaut, Christer Fuglesang, has been visiting his homeland with crewmates from the space shuttle Discovery.

Fuglesang, whose exploits on the International Space Station last December fired Swedes’ imaginations, was in his homeland on a tour of Europe in which crew members will tell the public about their experiences.

The crew’s first stop was the National Museum of Science and Technology in Stockholm, where the crew spoke to members of American expatriate groups and to staff from the United States Embassy. The crew is also due to visit Sweden’s parliament and the Astrid Lindgren Children’s Hospital.

The astronauts have been showing enthusiasts a film of their time in space.

“It’s great – I brings back good memories every time I see it,” Fuglesang said.

Among Fuglesang’s colleagues also visiting Sweden is Nicholas Patrick, originally from England. He said that while he had received a warm welcome on his first trip back to the UK following his mission into space, the welcome given to Fuglesang had been on another level. But, he said, he was not jealous of all the attention.

“I’ve seen how Christer is recognized everywhere. I’m glad that I’m not,” he said.